Healthy Schools: The Delivery Crew

Me, Charis and Alexa - Healthy Schools Dream Team

Me, Charis and Alexa – Healthy Schools Dream Team

About a month ago I wrote about the Healthy Schools Challenge between Bethel and Springfield schools. Well, as the event is drawing to a close, I wanted to share my experience as one of the many people volunteering their time to deliver the fruits and vegetables.

For the first week of the challenge – I am proud to say – that I personally delivered the goods to ten Bethel schools. This was a big deal for me. I’ve lived in Eugene for four years and I STILL get lost when I get more than eight blocks from campus. I know its kind of sad, but give me a little bit of a break, college is kind of a bubble!

Going back to the deliveries, before we could even head out to the schools, we had overcome the challenge of gathering the supplies. This might not sound like a big deal…but it is. Myself, along two other PacificSource employees, spent 45 minutes gathering fruits and vegetables for the 38 sites we deliver to. Our mission…make the deliveries as colorful as possible. We grabbed apples, pears, tomatoes, baby cucumbers, sweet peppers, bananas, kiwis, pineapples, and the wonderful donation made by Organically Grown Company every week.

We just looked like we were really hungry people. Three carts filled to the brim with fruits and veggies.

We just looked like we were really hungry people. Three carts filled to the brim with fruits and veggies.

This is the first time we have partnered with Organically Grown for an event, and all I have to say is they have been such a pleasure to work with. Every week I have gone to pick up their donation, and every week they give me the skinny on which fruits are at their peak. Needless to say, they know their stuff!

During the first week, there were three of us doing deliveries. This week, we had about 20 people delivering fruit and vegetables. I have never been part of a ‘grass-roots’ event like this, but seeing how many of the PacificSource employees  volunteer their time is really incredible. This event would not be a success without them. Here’s a testimonial from one of our crew:

“When I got there the staff was already waiting for me. They were so excited to get their produce today. What a great experience! I tell them it is from PacificSource and they are all smiles and very thankful.”

It’s so great to know that everyone involved with this event is really enjoying themselves. In college, my professors have warned me that event planning is an insane task. While I agree with them to some degree, they never told me how great it would feel when you see the event succeeding. I don’t think I am allowed to tell you how many fruits and veggies have been consumed just yet…but it’s a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean like an incredible amount. Next week is the final week of the event and I can’t wait to reveal the total!

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