Operation Veggie Box (OVB) picked, packaged and delivered to Fishes & Loaves 33 packages of produce Oct. 14.
Alice Sontag of Fishes & Loaves stands beside the 33 packages of fresh produce from Operation Veggie Box.
Photo by Jennie Adams
Eleven volunteers came to the Fellowship Hall at noon and got to work labeling boxes and bags, sorting and weighing vegetables, and preparing for packing. Only 15 bags of kale had been picked as of that morning, so a contingent of volunteers rushed to the garden and quickly picked another 23 bags and transported them back to Bethany.
Volunteers who helped included Jennie Adams, Dave Bailey, Rebecca Cowell, her grandson, Dustin, and his friend, Russell, Barbara Fredette, Margaret Harrell, Mac Harris, Jack Lee, Lorraine Yeager and Jim Yeager.
After the preparation work was completed, the volunteers formed an assembly line to package the vegetables. Included in the packages were sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini and kale. In addition, a spiritual message was inserted into each package, along with recipes for preparing the vegetables included.
When the packaging was completed, the 33 packages of produce were loaded and transported to Oriental by 2 P.M., where Fishes & Loaves’ Alice Sontag received the packages for distribution to those in need.
Fishes & Loaves has asked OVB to make another delivery Thursday, Oct. 17, by 2 P.M., so OVB asks for volunteers to help pick, package and transport vegetables beginning in the garden at 9:30 A.M. Thursday. For anyone who wants more information or who wants to volunteer to help Thursday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mac Harris at 252-671-7615.
Operation Veggie Box is a ministry founded by Bethany Christian Church to help feed nutritious fresh produce to the hungry, and provide them with the message that as Christians, we love them and want to feed them physically, while Christ loves them and will feed them spiritually. OVB can be found on Facebook at Operation Veggie Box – Growing in Christ While Growing for Christ.