Imagine a 737 airplane full of food. That's how much the Capital Area Food Bank provides every day – and they need lots of volunteers to help sort it all out.
"It makes me feel useful. It makes me feel like I'm providing,” volunteer leader Chris Garza said. “I could just be watching my tennis all the time."
The retired teacher started volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank eight years ago, and she's now the leader during Thursday's afternoon shift.
"It's just fast moving,” Garza says. “We're always learning something new."
The service is an invaluable one, according to Food Bank's Tamara Mack. During a three-hour shift, volunteers can process as much as 12,000 pounds of food, which equals approximately 10,000 meals.
"It makes a huge difference and I think the most beautiful part is volunteers knowing – because we recite those numbers to them at the end of each shift – them actually knowing the impact that they have even though this is more of an indirect service project," Mack said.
A service that Garza says is the the number one reason she keeps coming back.
"It makes me feel like I'm serving a purpose for somebody else, other than myself," Garza said.