Going to Volunteer at a Food Bank in Harlem

For Service day this year, my advisory went to a Food Bank in Harlem that provides groceries to underprivileged individuals. We went to help distribute the food products. This was a really amazing experience to be a part of. I was able to use my Spanish skills to communicate with those who came for food. We were able to help them pick out a balanced set of groceries. All the people who came for groceries were incredibly thankful and kind. I felt like my classmates and I were really making a difference in these peoples lives. When doing service a lot of the time you don’t see the direct positive impact you are having because you are normally separated from the people you are helping. Being able to see the positive impact I was making in the lives of these people and in the community was something amazing to be a part of. Having this great experience made me want to help at a food bank again in the future.

Mateo’s Service Reflection

This year I had the honor of being part of God’s Love We Deliver’s first Youth Internship Program. God’s Love We Deliver’s mission is provide food to those who have chronic diseases and are in a poor economic situation. God’s Love We Deliver has specialized nutritionists that create a healthy meal  specialized for each patient and the condition they are in. When you walk into the break room to start the day you see black and white portraits of affected patients. You get to see the terrible struggle they wake up to everyday and the terrible disease they must face every day. Every time I got to the building to volunteer, I always take a moment to look at these portraits as I walk into the room. They serve as a strong reminder that the work you do there has a direct impact on someone’s life. This is why I feel such a direct impact at God’s Love We Deliver. When you cook and make a contribution, you know you are changing the life of hundreds of people for the better. This is further reinforced by the extremely positive attitude of the workers. They are always providing extremely positive feedback about how to do some of the cooking more efficiently. I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of this experience as I really feel like I am making a difference in my community. Friends has granted me such a unique opportunity as they are one of the few school that sponsors this Youth Internship Program.

I have been able to get involved outside of the internship program by going to their website at: https://www.glwd.org/