Monday, October 06, 2008
Okay, I know that it is now called by a different name but I'll always refer to it as "the cannery". I've been there a number of times but always on the "dry pack" side. I tried finding a good website that describes what the cannery is used for but maybe by going here would be a good start. We are encouraged to have a year's supply of food. That's a DANG lot of food to have. I've always just tried getting a little bit at a time. Every time I've gone I've bought stuff like rice, flour, sugar, beans, and of course dried apple slices. Basically, the idea is that the cannery is completely run by volunteers and missionaries. Most of the food goes to needy families all over the world. As I said, I've done "dry pack" a number of times. Canning hot chocolate is by far the messiest. This week I had the opportunity to work on the "wet pack" side. The church got a large amount of peaches this week and there was an emergency need for help. I spent most of the time on the conveyor belt sorting peaches. It was hard deciding which peach half passed and which failed. After a while, I changed to "pit remover". That seemed to be a bit more non-judgmental. After a couple of hours staring at these conveyor belts going back and forth it reaffirmed how grateful I am for my education. I can't imagine doing this for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for years and years. Yikes! At the same time, I am VERY grateful for those individuals that do this kind of work. It is not the most exciting thing. I was glad I went. I love to serve. I'm grateful for the opportunity.