CIP Berkeley staff and students had a great time volunteering at the Alameda County Community Food Bank helping to sort, screen and box fresh produce and non-perishable foods.
To help celebrate Autism Awareness this month, CIP Berkeley wanted to give back to the greater community. On April 8, 2015 staff and students lent a helping hand at the Alameda County Community Food Bank as volunteers for the afternoon. The food bank helped provide 25.5 million meals in 2014 and relies heavily on volunteers to help reach such high numbers.
Team CIP Berkeley helped with sorting and bagging oranges. With the help with all the volunteers that day we were able to provide 6,800 meals to the community. The students loved the fact they could give help to the less fortunate. First term student Alex S. said, “I learned how important it is that the food bank help people access to fresh food who may not have access to it. Not everyone has access to Berkeley Bowl or Whole Foods, but only to corner stores with no options for fresh fruit. It make me feel useful, proud and certain that people are going to get good quality food with great nutrition with the help we gave today!”.
Jeffrey J. also added, “It gave me a greater awareness of the poverty in an area close to where I am living. I loved that I could be of help to the community and people in need!” Team CIP Berkeley had such a great time we are looking forward to volunteering at the food bank again soon.