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Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank (July)

Once again, join fellow atheists to volunteer at Second Harvest's Cypress Center. We will be sorting food at the warehouse to prepare it for distribution.  We are now officially allotted 12-person slots for July and August, and a few more than that are welcome. Bring on the volunteers!

Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Everyone must be at least 14 years old. Anyone 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Second Harvest suggests that volunteers consider bringing a donation of non-perishable foods. High-protein items like peanut butter and tuna are preferable along with canned meals like stew or soup. Learn more about Second Harvest at

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  • Rich D.

    It was great to serve the community as a group.

    2 · July 17, 2014

  • Larry G.

    I always enjoy these second harvest nights. It's a great opportunity to be seen as atheists doing good in the community.

    3 · July 16, 2014

  • Diane

    My apologies for being a no show. Just too many last minute problems for me today.

    July 16, 2014

  • Diane

    Yikes! I'm running late. How late can I get there without causing a problem? & Will it be easy to find you once I'm there?

    July 16, 2014

  • Brian B.

    As a bonus for this event, I am going to offer up our ACSJ shirts for half price. Shirts will be $10, I will bring the box of various sizes with me. (Medium-XXL)

    2 · July 13, 2014

    • Brian B.

      I'm very sorry to have to miss this event, but I have an emergency to deal with. I will extend the $10 ACSJ shirt offer to our Pizza Night next Wednesday!

      1 · July 16, 2014

  • Werner H.

    Engineering Exercise: Design an assembly line type continuous process for sorting fruit given only cardboard boxes, plastic gloves, and human power. If were are given the task of sorting plums or apples again this time, I'd like to improve the process to speed things up and stop having to bend over so much. How about folding one of the boxes into a long V-shaped chute, and operate it like the tube coming off a cement truck. Some people load plums into the top, the plums rolls slowly down into receiving boxes, and 2-3 people pick out any bad ones on the way down. Convert another box into a scoop or two to more quickly load plums. We've got to be able to finish all the crates next time! Got any other ideas?! We beat the carrot and apple teams last time, let's do an even better job next time and show them our critical thinking skills!

    1 · June 24, 2014

    • Werner H.

      The food I've seen being sorted are apples, plums and carrots, and even the plums were so hard it would be difficult to bruise them. But if it becomes an issue, it just makes the challenge more fun: have a person hold their hands under the falling fruit to dampen the fall, or add a sleeve made of a cut off plastic glove, etc., etc.

      July 10, 2014

    • Jim L.

      can just cut a the boxes from the top down Two cuts about 12" apart then fold the cut section into a ramp and shove the fruit down the ramp. Could create a ramp on each side of the boxes. 4 teams of 2 one to shove one to sort and judge the boxes. One person walks around the edge picks up finished boxes and takes them to the table. When the fruit drops down below the cut level you just cut a little deeper, fold the ramp lower and keep going.

      July 10, 2014

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