During a recent Chamber Ambassador Committee meeting, the subject of community service was raised. The issue came up organically during a discussion concerning the desire of the Ambassadors to get engaged in the community. Living under social distancing guidelines for the past four months left the group palpably restless and with a desire to help others.
It didn’t take long for the group to land on serving the community in a meaningful way by volunteering with one of the many non-profits in San Antonio. Several worthy organizations were mentioned but ultimately the group elected to serve at one of the city’s heaviest lifters, the San Antonio Food Bank.
With the help of the Food Bank’s very own Laura Burress, Volunteer Scheduling Coordinator, the Ambassadors, along with several Chamber staff, signed up to feed those in need. The group arrived for their shift on Wednesday and faced the arduous task of processing and sorting donated items, insuring they were within acceptable expiration parameters.
During the three-and-a-half-hour session, the group sorted more than 16,000 pounds of food which will feed as many as 13,000 families in our area.
The Food Bank takes pride in having supported our community and a huge 16 county area for the past 40 years. Since 1980, they have grown to serving 58,000 individuals per week with a commitment to insure that no child should go to bed hungry, adults should not have to choose between a hot meal and utilities, nor a senior sacrifice medical care for the sake of a meal.
The San Antonio Chamber is thankful for the opportunity to serve alongside some of our greatest volunteers and with the most selfless folks in our country.
Special thanks to all of our community volunteers, along with Wednesday’s Chamber group, which included:
- Chris Elmo – U.S. Health Advisors,
- Lisa Pirolo – Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More,
- Todd Bufalino – Accurate Pest Control,
- Rob Carruth – Office Depot,
- Amanda Juaregui – San Antonio Riverwalk Association,
- Richard Perez – San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Joe Kampa – San Antonio Chamber of Commerce,
- Melissa Holden – San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and
- Lance Tindol – San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.