|Updated: 11/09/2012 5:44 pm
||Published: 11/09/2012 4:54 pm
Tis the season of giving on this week's Chad, Do My Job and today I'm helping out at the Arkansas Food Bank. Time to have some fun.
For the last decade this agency has distributed over 13 million pounds of food and today they need all the help they can get before the holiday season ramps up.
I met up with Polly Deans, a coordinator for the Arkansas Food Bank and my mentor for the day.
From the get go, Polly went over how the food should be organized.
I get to work quickly, setting up boxes along the way, then organizing cans and fumbling with the water bottles.
Eventually I run into an issue:
"This is a bent can. We going to be able to access this?"
"We've got to be able run a can opener safely around the top which you could not on that one,” Polly said. “And because it's so severely dented here, we consider that compromise and we have to throw that away."
Let that be a lesson to all you donators - big dents don't fly.
Besides checking for dents - I inspect expiration dates
Hours passed before an unexpected surprise was donated to the bank.
"Polly we just got a turkey that was donated, so what do I do with this?"
"Well, we need to get this turkey into our cooler dock and on into our freezer."
"How cold is it in here?"
"About minus three. I'll let you go in."
"You're kidding me."
Clearly my jacket wasn't warm enough
I wish I could have stayed longer but my time was up. Hopefully, this inspires you to give back a little this holiday season - and remember, if you do help out, stay as far away from the freezer as you can.