Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weekend Assignment: Second Harvest Food Bank

I participated in the class field trip to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Harahan, LA.  At Second Harvest, the common goal is to eliminate hunger and to provide nourishing meals to children in need.  This particular food bank feeds thousands of children and families throughout Southern Louisiana.  At the food bank, many processes in food distribution occur.  This is the place where food is stored, cooked, packaged, and shipped to those in need.  The food is brought into this warehouse from either government funding or private businesses.  Most of the food brought here is nearing its expiration date and therefore there must be an efficient process in place to have a speedy turnover rate of items.  

The warehouse, pictured below, is absolutely massive. you can see in the distance the rows of flats containing canned goods waiting to be prepared for hungry mouths.  

Here is a close up of some of the items present in the warehouse: 

The food is prepared in massive amounts in large pressure cookers such as the one below.

There is also a "model kitchen" in which meal preparation is demonstrated to volunteers and cooks who need to know how to make the food they receive from the food bank.  
The finished product looks something like a frozen T.V. dinner, but if it gets the job done, who cares?

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