Report from our Volunteers Beyond Belief team in Raleigh, NC
by Amy Glenn, Triangle Freethought Society
The Triangle Freethought Society was recently chosen as one of only 8 organizations in the new Volunteers Beyond Belief program.
On Saturday, July 30th, TFS volunteered at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. We had a large and enthusiastic crowd of about 25 volunteers who kept their spirits up, despite the fact that we were working in a hot warehouse with no air-conditioning on a 100+ degree day.
When we were introduced to our first task, I confess I wasn’t sure how many of our group were going to stick it out! We were asked to go through giant pallets of one-year-old potatoes and bag the good, trash the bad.
And when I say bad, I mean horrific. Rotting, molding, exploded potatoes oozing slime; the smell alone sent several folks out for fresh air at various points during the ordeal. We worked tirelessly, however, and about an hour and a half later we were granted a reprieve to the break room for cold water and cookies. By then we had bagged several pallets of salvageable potatoes from the morass.