Volunteers Help Pack Meals at Food Bank for MLK Day of Service

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Sorting. Boxing. Taping.

"There [are] lot of people depending on the little bit of work that we do,” said John Mazzacano, a volunteer of the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken. “I can’t think of a better way to spend your time.”

Those are the tasks that volunteers at the Food Bank of South Jersey were given Monday, as they dedicated their time to help the hungry in their community.

“I love it,” said Jim Alturo, another frequent volunteer of the Food Bank of South Jersey. “It makes my day. I wish more people would volunteer. I wish more people would realize the benefits and advantages of giving back.”

These two men are at the Food Bank multiple times a week, volunteering hours upon hours to help provide food for those who need it.

During Monday's Martin Luther King’s Day of Service, they were joined by 80 more volunteers with the same mission.

“What they’re helping us do is package food, especially for our seniors and children,” said Joe Njoroge, COO of the Food Bank of South Jersey. They could have been doing anything else, but they chose to come here.”

Half of the volunteers were separating some of the food that has come into the Food Bank of South Jersey, while the other half were making an assembly line, as they prepared boxes of food to go out to different feeding sites.

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It was all-hands on deck as they helped those in need.

“You get a real sense of belonging by helping out the community,” said Mazzacano.

Mazzacano sees volunteering as a win-win situation, especially knowing that the work he does here helps thousands of residents dealing with food insecurity.

“I win because I get the advantage of working a little bit, using my hands, and keeping myself active as a senior,” said Mazzacano. “I get to meet really great people all the time. And people in the community get help.”

Although the volunteers got a lot of work done today, there’s always more to be done.

“We don’t realize how many people have needs and how many people we can help with our daily volunteering,” said Alturo.

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