Kuwait Community

13 March 2023

Working With SEED

Recently, I have had the opportunity to volunteer at a lovely Guelph-based not-for-profit organization called The SEED. The SEED works to tackle food insecurity in the Guelph-Wellington area as it provides affordable groceries and delivers them to various food programs in the area. Through these deliveries, this organization provides affordable or free groceries to those who need them. These items are healthy, which makes better quality food more accessible to all. This organization also helps those; with busy schedules, limited time to get their own groceries, or with mobility issues.  Through this service, groceries are delivered straight to the customer’s door for convenience. Because the SEED buys in bulk directly from the supplier and receives items from grants or donations, they are able to distribute goods more efficiently to those in need.

As the SEED and Canada Kuwait Aid Network share the same goal of targeting food insecurity, as well as we both have Guelph headquarters, our organization has reached out to form a relationship with the SEED. Through this, the KAN interns work on-site for SEED once a week. This allows us to participate in tackling food insecurity within our community and gives us an inside look at other types of not-for-profit work. Interns help out on Tuesdays as this is one of the busiest days of the week for SEED because it is one of their pack and delivery days.

My typical day at the SEED begins by greeting the team and collecting the lists needed for staging. Staging refers to assembling all the items needed for the orders going out for the day. There are various lists and different employees or volunteers work through each one to ensure we have all the items prepared for delivery. After staging we prepare the pack line, which means moving our carts of items in a specific order as well as preparing the bags and bins for each order. After all the orders are packed, which normally takes up a large part of the morning as the number of orders varies, we begin to load up all the delivery trucks/vehicles. Once all the orders are packed and in their designated cars, we either help out by going on the delivery route and bringing the deliveries door to door or remain behind and assist with clean up. After this process is finished,  we assist with other small tasks to occupy the afternoon like going through items and ensuring nothing is expired. 

My experience working with the SEED has been lovely and I am excited to continue this very fulfilling work that directly contributes to causes within my community. Through this experience, I know more about Guelph’s geography and have seen a lot more of the city than I have previously. I also learned more about foodbank structures and how they can be adapted into a model similar to the SEED and still pursue the overall goal in perhaps a more efficient and healthier way than other foodbank models. Overall, I had a great time with the SEED and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future, and  I look forward to continuing to learn more about the NGO world within my community and Canada.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Canada Kuwait Aid Network.”

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