Today, I'm participating in a Day of Service along with almost 200 conference participants at two of their partner sites, the Capital Area Food Bank and Friendship Public Charter School - both organizations address hunger and poverty issues. The Day of Service, sponsored by Tyson Foods, will be an opportunity for conference to give back to organizations in the host community.
We have a team of social media volunteers who youtubing, blogging, flickring, and Twittering the work by these dedicated volunteers. Over at the blog, you can read some of the live posts or see videos about the Share Our Strength Day of Service.
The qik video documents some of the tasks the volunteers are doing today. The goal is to pack up thousands of food boxes for local pantries. The large bins are filled with items that are collected in local grocery stories. The volunteers sorted them into boxes and the boxes are being boxed up for 700 agencies, a combination of food pantries and soup kitchens - any nonprofits that are cooking or distributing food for those who need it.
In addition, they packed up 1,100 backpacks for kids filled with food items. These backpacks are essential because these children will not have food over the weekend.