Beth-El Farm Workers Ministry Volunteer Event - Purple Tote Bag Story Contest Finalist
On September 2016, the ZBDT team had a volunteer event at Beth-El Farm Workers Ministry in Wimauma, FL. Beth-El was founded in 1976 to assist the Hispanic farmworkers and their families with everyday needs such as food, clothing and shelter. At Beth-El’s facility in Wimauma, each Tuesday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, they distribute food bags containing basic nutritional food items such as rice, beans, canned goods, cereal, pasta, bread, and other staples. This makes a very good supplement to the families’ weekly food needs, and in some cases is the mainstay of what families have to eat for the week. Each week, an average of 400 families come to receive the food bags. Beth-El receives food from the USDA’s TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), Feeding America Tampa Bay, food banks, various food drives, local churches, clubs, organizations, and individuals.
At ZBDT, we have been collecting donations of non perisable items for our FedEx Cares campaign. During this donation time, we were able to donate five full bags of can goods, rice, pasta, and juices to Beth-El. When ZBDT was at Beth-El we packed bags full of food and handed them out to a recorded 436 families in the community. We helped take out trash and dispose of waste when needed, fold clothes in their thrift shop, and clean up areas as the sort was going on. ZBDT will continue to collect non-perishable items for the FedEx Cares campaign and continue to show the community that FedEx is willing to go the extra mile to help people in our community.