Good Deed: Lending Many Hands at SHARE
June 2nd, 2009
On May 7th, 2009, Mrs. Patel’s Fifth Grade class traveled to SHARE in Germantown to lend a hand. SHARE (Self-Help and Resource Exchange) is a program where people can get a break on their grocery bill by purchasing food at discounted prices in exchange for volunteer time. For each package of food purchased, they simply ask for two (2) hours of some type of “good deed” time, at SHARE, in your community, or even in your own neighborhood. Food packages (worth up to $45) offer meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and grocery items. SHARE buyers purchase the food from growers, brokers and packaging plants. Food is not donated, government surplus, or salvage.
SHARE is Unique: SHARE is for everyone. “If you eat, you qualify.” Everyone in the community can participate. Because it is for everyone, it can help break down barriers that divide people – barriers like race, religion, social and economic classes, gender and age. When we break down barriers, we can begin to see each other as real people, and begin to build community and neighborhoods.
The Fifth Grade students prepared ‘Value Packages’ consisting of pasta, rice, cereal, crackers, beans, cookies, onions, potatoes, fresh fruit (and meat to be placed in boxes at time of purchase) for people to purchase.