At our school we have a community service day every so often. What we do are things such as helping at the Ronald McDonald house, making sandwiches for people in need, or what I did, go sweet potato gleaning. Gleaning is where you go into a field and pick up the leftover food that wasn’t harvested by the big machines. The food that would have otherwise gone to waste, goes to hungry people around us. It is quite amazing how much food goes to waste in those fields but also how much we saved was awesome too! Two and a half tons were gleaned. We decided to split up into groups in the beginning and Michael, Keenan, Jack, and Matthew were in my group. All together we harvested 105 bags meaning we each got 21 bags. Each bag weighed ten pounds which means our group alone harvested 1050 pounds of sweet potatoes going to needy people! In the end all of us felt good about what we did during the day.
On October 17, some of the Durham Academy 6th graders went to pick up the leftover sweet potatoes in a field that the machines had not picked up. We did this so the sweet potatoes could go to local food banks and give people food who don’t have it. While picking up the sweet potatoes, some thoughts were in my head, such as: “This is really nice that we have a day to go and help the people in need.” It was very hard work though, digging, picking, collecting and more digging. Once we were finished, I recognized how fortunate I am to always have food when I am hungry. I also recognized how hard some people have to work to barely make a living. I think this community service day really gave us all insight on how other’s lives are like.
Photo by Mrs. Donnelly