“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
On a frigid Sunday, twenty-five BCNY members visited the Food Bank’s headquarters ready to serve. They were greeted by President & Chief Executive Officer Margarette Purvis, who encouraged them and let them know what they were doing was special.
After hearing her inspiring words, our members were ready to start their day. They were assigned the repacking station, where they had to sort through tons of produce. The goal was to ensure all products met quality standards, including that food had not expired.
Our boys worked tirelessly for four hours repacking goods and produce, and the result of their hard work was incredible: BCNY members repacked 4,748 pounds of produce, enough to make 3,931 meals for New York families!
This year, BCNY’s Youth Council identified the Food Bank For New York City as the organization they would partner with to help New Yorkers gain access to nutritious food and hope for a better future.
BCNY’s Youth Council is an active, member-based representative body of six officers from each age group division—Explorers (grades 2-4), Juniors (grades 5-7), Intermediates (grades 8-10), and Seniors (grades 11-12). Their job is to ensure the voices of their peers are heard and effectively echoed throughout BCNY. As part of their role, officers also coordinate service-learning projects and organization-wide initiatives that focus on a pressing community need.