Friday, July 24, 2009

Northwest Harvest:Jesse

Today, our group did an extreme car wash—two huge semi truck semi truck trailers. They were caked with dirt, and we had to get them spotless in order to re-paint them tomorrow. After a long day in the sun, we cleaned them up at least enough to work with, but after 30 years of wear-and-tear, “dirty” couldn’t even begin to describe these old things.
So, those two are being left for tomorrow’s work, and we migrated indoors to work with produce. The first half of our work was labeling unmarked products, a meat substitute. Following a quick lunch, we moved on to sorting beans into bags for distribution. Personally, I like working with bagged foods. It sure beats yesterday’s crop: Mushrooms that were so far past the expiration date, fungus was growing on the fungus! They didn’t even look like mushrooms anymore.
We weren’t working directly with the needy today, so we never got to see the fruits of our labors, but the thoughts of where the food is going and what it’s going to do is reward enough.

Jesse Prelesnik

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