By Thursday January 30th, Atlanta’s snowpocalypse was beginning to thaw; but over at Open Hand, I found myself with the Good Measure Meals team suiting up to brave an entirely different world of cold: the cold of our very own freezers.
That’s right. That day, all Open Hand and Good Measure Meals staff was asked to report to the office, if possible, to work in the kitchen, packaging and delivering Open Hand meals to those who would otherwise not have any food to eat that day. It was an incredibly important task, and it was really cool to see everyone from the organization’s many different departments show up and roll up their sleeves to get the job done. There were also many, many volunteers who came to help get the meals out that day - such a cool experience!
At first, I had the pretty awesome job of working with Ashley and Tiana to bag rolls. Ashley put the roll in a bag and handed it to me. I got to twist the bag and run it through this machine that with a crisp “snap!” taped off the bag.
Honestly, I love manual labor. There is nothing like watching a mountain of a thousand rolls disappear into organized bins of bagged rolls neatly taped into their plastic bags – knowing that those rolls are going to be delivered to people who need them.
Then came the “challenge.” Susan, Rachel, Callie and I were all tasked with freezer work; which, I have to say, was colder than anything I have ever experienced. Strange as it sounds, however, it was actually really fun. Inside the freezer, we worked as fast as we could to remove metal catering dishes from delivery bags so that the bags could be used to deliver more meals. We learned quickly that we needed gloves for this job! Thankfully, since our city was covered in snow, we had gloves on hand.
At the end of day, it was great to really work alongside our team members. Even in the freezer!
Don’t believe me? See for yourself. Excuse my shivering hands. It was freezing in there…literally.