Gardens Elementary third graders Naomi Duran and Monique Reyes team up to sift through boxes of oranges at the Houston Food Bank.
Kamil Luna, a Golden Acres second grader, gathers boxes of cereal in the breakfast station.
Nearly 400 Pasadena ISD ACE Afterschool students and parents spent Super Bowl weekend tackling hunger while volunteering at the Houston Food Bank.
Volunteers sorted through boxes, packaged food and filled backpacks, providing 36,000 meals for 6,000 students and their families in the Houston area, including families in the district.
“It’s a huge help to all the families to have a district like Pasadena ISD lend a helping hand,” Jim Day, Houston Food Bank Apple Corps leader said. “Through the help of these students and parents we have enough food to provide to families for a day.”
The effort was part of a service learning project organized by the Pasadena ISD ACE Afterschool program, which strives to provide students with an enriching educational experience through interactive, recreational and community service activities outside of school hours. Organizers hope students who volunteered at the Houston Food Bank have learned the value of community service and team work.
“It was wonderful to see the energy of the kids working alongside their parents,” Steven Villano, ACE project director said. “They got to see firsthand what it takes to give ‘free’ food away and the hard work professionals in the social service agency experience on a daily basis. The [Houston] Food Bank was so grateful for everyone’s hard work, they asked if we could bring 400 more volunteers next time.”
For students and parents interested in volunteering, please visit the Houston Food Bank website.
Hailey Vasquez, a Parks kindergartener, gathers up empty boxes before dismal.
Jesus Salinas, Mae Smythe fourth grader, sifts through boxes for canned food items.
Jesus Lopez, Yes Prep School ninth grader, and Eric Lopez a fourth grader at L.F. Smith unload boxes.
Lupita Felix and her son Nick Felix, a fifth grader at Keller, teamed up to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank.
The Houston Food Bank expresses appreciation to volunteers.
Nearly 400 volunteers, including students, parents and ACE Afterschool coordinators, celebrate after a long day of community service.