Alex, Hannah, and Lauren had a chance to volunteer Wednesday night at Casa Valentina, but on Friday all the summer associates (along with Jessica Buchsbaum and Betsi Cobas) came together to give back to the community by volunteering at Feeding South Florida (FSF). FSF is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the hungry; it rescues 44 million pounds of food per year, as well as leads hunger and poverty advocacy efforts throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties.
We all got up early to drive to Hallandale Beach, where FSF has a sorting warehouse. Once we arrived, we were directed into an orientation room, where we were told to sign in and sit down. There were many summer associates from other South Florida law firms there to volunteer; each of us recognized some familiar faces from law school. Joe Baldelomar, FSF’s Volunteer Coordinator, entered the room and told us about FSF’s mission and methods. He also shared some harrowing facts about hunger in South Florida, including that 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry in the region.
Joe explained the process of how donated food is distributed to the hungry. Donated food is first brought to a FSF warehouse, where it is then inspected, sorted, and shipped away to be distributed in various communities throughout South Florida. We were there to help in the inspection and sorting process. Joe concluded his presentation, and we were directed into another larger area of the warehouse, where donated food is stored.
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