Over ten years ago, Aptos United Methodist Church began a lasting partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank; they have taken on a major role in the fight against hunger in our community. Many of their church members used to make financial contributions to many worthy organizations, yet once they learned about SHFB, the work we’re doing, and the need to help feed people in need of food assistance, they decided to donate their time, talents and money to our mission.
For the past six years, Church Leader, Joe MacDonell, has been organizing teams of 30 to 45 volunteers to help us pack USDA commodity bags on Saturdays. They usually help pack between 2,400 and 2880 bags. MacDonell also has a core group of senior volunteers who help with special projects like preparing brown grocery bags for distribution by local post offices for our annual Letter Carrier Food Drive. This year, the seniors packed oral care packages for a joint outreach effort by SHFB and Dientes, and they had our youth volunteers running back and forth trying to keep pace with them.
In addition to helping at the food bank, Aptos United Methodist Church hosts their own fundraiser called the Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk every October. They get a big turnout for this fun event that begins and ends at the Second Harvest warehouse in Watsonville.
We are so thankful for this group that is so involved in the fight against hunger and the joy and happiness that their members bring when they are volunteering. We look forward to our continued partnership and friendship.