What Does Bagging 500 Lunches Look Like?

August 9, 2016 Maria Abbe

On Friday, August 5th, the PrecisionLender team and families took the afternoon to do some charity work. Teaming up with the Urban Ministries of Durham, a local outreach organization that offers food, shelter, and a future to those facing homelessness, our goal was to bag 500 lunches, 300 bags of dried rice and 260 bags of powdered milk to be handed out to the homeless at the Community Café – a gathering place at the Urban Ministries of Durham that serves three meals a day, seven days a week to shelter residents.

PLAH - UMD - CongregatingWe met in the Cary office’s kitchen and, after learning more about the Urban Ministries of Durham, we set off to our stations to begin working. Each bagged lunch consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, trail mix, cookies, and canned fruit and each piece of the bagged lunch, along with the powdered milk and rice, had its own assembly station.

Some of us spent the afternoon making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, while others had the opportunity to let their creative juices flow as they decorated the brown bags to add a personal and pretty touch.

PLAH UMD Coloring  PLAH - UMD - Sandwiches 2

Other stations included putting rice and powdered milk into separate Ziploc bags, making trail mix with nuts, raisins, pretzels, and M&Ms, packaging cookies, and combining all of the pieces into one brown bag to equal one lunch.

It was an afternoon filled with laughter, fun, and happiness as we came together to do good for those in need. It was refreshing to take a break from the busyness of the work week and spend quality time with one another, meet each other’s families, and know we were working to make a difference.

PLAH - UMD - Sandwiches

We were delighted to hear from the Urban Ministries that when they weighed the milk/rice boxes it totaled 264.5 lbs. That’s a lot of milk and rice!

A very special shout out to Ashley Nuzum and Iris Maslow who put in a lot of time and energy to make all of this happen. It was a wonderful way to spend time giving back to the Urban Ministries of Durham with our coworkers before the summer wraps up.

About the Author

Maria Abbe

As a Content Manager here at PrecisionLender, Maria develops the messaging, stories and content pieces for prospects and current clients – showing them the value in PrecisionLender. Her passion for serving others is evident as she leads the volunteer program here at PrecisionLender. Maria’s ability to be organized and constructive, along with her ability to be practical makes her an exceptional addition to our team.

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