Phantastic Experience At Philabundance

Last night, I had the privilege of visiting PhilAbundance in South Philadelphia.  PhilAbundance is an organization that is trying to stamp out hunger in our region.  I went down there with my family, and we truly had an amazing time.  We spent about an hour and a half packing 520 boxes full of 30 pounds of food that will go to feed elderly people in our area for two weeks.  The boxes included a couple of boxes of cereal, several cans of food, pasta, juice, powdered milk, peanut butter, and a few other items.  For the first part of our time there, I worked with Hannah to put boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in each box.  For the second half, I helped Leanne put cans of potatoes in each box.  It was pretty amazing to see what could be done with a warehouse, a conveyor belt, several pallets of food, and a bunch of willing volunteers.

As we were packing the boxes, Leanne asked if we thought we could live for two weeks on the food that was being packed in one of these boxes.  This question really made us think about the people who will be receiving these boxes.

Our adventure was spurred on by a service group that we are part of.  We meet twice each month to fellowship and to show God’s love in a practical way.  Our first meeting of the month is usually a pot luck style dinner with a smaller activity – like making cards for soldiers or filling eggs for an upcoming Easter Egg Hunt.  Our second meeting is usually something that requires more action.  PhilAbundance was the perfect place to put action to our words this month.  I hope to go back again – possibly with a group from my office.  I can’t wait to see what our group is up to next month.  If you’re in the Philly (specifically Perkiomen Valley area) and you’re wondering how you can get involve, shoot me a comment.  I’d be glad to share more.

Serve on!