Helping the community that you are working in is the biggest part of being an AmeriCorps member. For me, serving on Martin Luther King Day of Service meant thinking about what else people in the area need besides affordable housing. Since 1 in 7 Arizona families are forced to spend more than half their income on housing, they frequently have to cut corners on food and other necessities. Volunteering for a day at St. Mary’s Food Bank allowed me (and my fellow AmeriCorps member, Jasmine) to see how this problem is being addressed.
At the distribution center that we served at, there is a total of only 7 staff members. So, they are only able to serve the people of the area that need them with the help of volunteers. While this is true of all nonprofits St. Mary’s prides themselves on the volunteer support they do get, because it means the community is getting the help it needs. As I loaded milk gallons into carts, I wished that this fridge staple was something everyone could afford. Everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to live as well as nutritious food, and it was humbling to be a part of the solution in a new way yesterday. 

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