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Letter: Serving meals is eye-opening for this community volunteer

Letter: Serving meals is eye-opening for this community volunteer

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There’s a silver lining in everything if you look for it, right? At the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis I received an email from an assistant superintendent of our district asking if I would assist in the supervision of breakfast/lunch meal distribution during the pandemic.

I gladly signed up for a few time slots at one of our five meal distribution sites in the community, not knowing how much I would actually get out of the experience.

For almost four months I had the opportunity of a lifetime and truly witnessed teamwork in action, compassion and relationship building in real-time. During my three days a week passing out meals to our community I built relationships with families that were so very appreciative of the meals.

I met staff I’ve communicated with via email but never met face-to-face. I developed unity with our cook manager and her hardworking team.

I had the honor to both laugh and cry with community members I never would have met if a global pandemic wouldn’t have struck.

I learned so much about our district history. I learned about other administrators in the district and their beautiful stories both professionally and personally. I watched our administrative team come together to solve problems, think strategically, and lead diligently.

Personally, volunteering to distribute meals was an experience I’ll never forget. Serving the community that I’ve worked in for almost three years fed my soul, and I am forever grateful for this particular silver lining during the global pandemic.

Liza Acanfora



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