On March 11, 2016, six FWP Associates reported for duty at the Loaves and Fishes Warehouse/Distribution Center off Tyvola Road, in Charlotte, NC. With eager expressions and big smiles on our faces, we were quickly put to work. For the next 3 hours, we tunneled through and properly sorted 5-1/2 huge cardboard boxes filled with conglomerations of pasta, cookies, pet food, rice, cake mix, couscous, etc., etc. By the way, sorting isn’t as easy or intuitive as one would think. Don’t put the pancake mix in with the cake mix; it just doesn’t belong there. And, don’t get me started on the rice. These boxes were so big, that Nathan had to get into the box to hand items out once we got close to the bottom. Needless to say, by the time we were done, we were, indeed, excellent sorters.
Pasta and Breakfast Cereals were the most common items for us today, so once those bins were over flowing, we were redirected from sorting to packing. We were able to pack 29 totes full of Breakfast Cereal and 22 totes full of Pasta. And, we accomplished all of this in just 3 hours. Amazing!
This warehouse provides food for approximately 20 Loaves and Fishes Pantries across the Charlotte Area; most of which are churches. Our supervisor told us they move about 1 million pounds of food through that warehouse annually, and last year they were able to serve 77,000 people. It was a blessing for us to play just a small role in that ministry today.