Every year, EB Middle School students visit and volunteer at the Alameda Food Bank as part of our annual effort to support the county’s nonprofit. The Food Bank through food and dollar donations feeds over 300,000 people a year.
It was founded to help Alameda residents in need by providing nourishing food in a compassionate and respectful manner with the support of dedicated volunteers and local partners.
Class by class, each student spent an afternoon tying up mesh bags and filling them with fruit. The students look forward to this annual trip because their work is appreciated and allows them a chance to give back to the local community by in a supporting a well organized non-profit.
After a few hours of work, the volunteer director shared Cesar Chavez's words of wisdom with our students, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
Seventh grade students were able to make links between the spirit and inspiration of the Food Bank with our English class discussions of both Obama and Frederick Douglass speeches that promoted a similar philosophy. As always, I am impressed with how service learning has an amazing capacity to make learning visible and alive as we open our hearts and show up for our community.