On February 6, 2014 Cowboy Pledge volunteers from several Cowboy Properties apartment communities joined in a fun and fast paced project at the Utah Food Bank. Volunteers included residents and staff from Harmony Gardens Senior Apartments, Liberty Metro Apartments, Liberty Peak Apartments and Cowboy Properties home office. Other volunteers included family members and a student from the University of Utah who came to support Cowboy Pledge and the Utah Food Bank.
The volunteers were asked to help pack food boxes that are distributed by the Utah Food Bank as part of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This federally funded program provides boxes of specific food items to low income seniors and families with small children who need help meeting their food requirements.
This enthusiastic group of volunteers was combined with two other smaller groups. They were instructed by the food bank staff regarding the importance of making sure that each box contained the right amount of the items on the Commodity Supplemental Food Program‘s list. The fun began as each volunteer was assigned one item to place in each box.
The volunteers worked side by side on a well-organized assembly line placing canned fruits and vegetables, boxes of cereal, bags of rice and beans and other dry goods and food staples in each box.
The participants had fun making sure that their coworkers didn't miss a single item and helping each other move the boxes along the assembly line. Each box was checked, sealed and placed on pallets for delivery to the various outlets around the state. By working together they quickly filled 144 boxes and were able to finish their assignment with time to spare.
Everyone who participated had a chance to share in the great feeling that comes from doing their part to help the Utah Food Bank provide this service. Many of the volunteers expressed a desire to come back and help again.
Cowboy Properties and Cowboy Pledge appreciates each resident and staff member who volunteered for helping to make this a fun and productive evening. They also thank the Utah Food Bank for providing this opportunity to allow our volunteers help feed the hungry.