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09 November 2009 @ 01:12 pm
Volunteering again ^_^  
I'm glad that everyone likes the random pictures! ^___^ I've been taking a lot more so that I can post them on my lj soon. =^-^=

But in the meantime, I went volunteering again the other day! This time, Adele came with me, so it was easy to get into things, and as always (lol, this is only the second time), I had a fun time!

We volunteered for 2HJ, which is basically a food bank, and on Saturday they have people come in and help and go feed homeless people in the park. We only helped for the preparations, because there were too many people signed up for the park part (which was my favorite part before, too bad). That's the only bad thing, I suppose... that to sign up to help, you have to be kind of competitive! I'd rather just help out in a more relaxed manner.

But at least we got into a rhythm, and so 'work' went fast. We met a lot of really nice people, too. I always love talking to volunteers!! I'm going to look for more places to volunteer, if there are any (let me know if you know of any!), and see if I can find something that really matches my personality. ^^ I don't want anything that has to do with money, or asking for money. I'd rather work directly with people or animals that need help. We'll see!!

I did take a few pictures, though not many since I can't show the volunteer's faces without permission (aside from mine and Adele's)

One of the trucks that hauls food to Ueno park ^^

Adele helping sort donated food (It costs money to dispose of food, so japanese companies might donate expired food to save money.. not the greatest of motivations, but..)

All of this food was donated!! What a waste it would have been!!


It's all expired, but still edible! And good!

Me sorting nikuman

ルリdemonruri on November 9th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
oohhh i know how ueno park is (I stayed in ueno in my time in japan) thats cool and nice of you to feed the homeless :)
calliopem_eratocalliopem_erato on November 9th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
Donating food to save money is not the greatest motivation but in a way it helps. But expired food? Won't that have some, uh, side effects? Although you said it was still edible.

That aside, it's nice of you to volunteer to feed the homeless.
~Your Devious Shadow~: Amonmr_endo on November 9th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
I can shed a little light on the "expired food" subject. I'm in the grocery business, so I know a thing or two on the matter.

Just because a product has a date on it, that date isn't like a time bomb that goes off as soon as it hits. For example, the milk you find in the dairy case is actually good generally 3-5 days after it's date, depending on how well it's been kept refridgerated.

Expiration dates are more of a general estimate, not an actual deadline. Refiridgerated products are a little more accurate, but products you find in the dry grocery sections tend to have wide varying degrees of flexibility, once again, depending on how well the product has been stored throughout its life (from manufacturer to the time it sits in your home). The better you store your food, the longer it lasts.

The breads displayed in these pictures would be an example of a product with a better lifespan than implied by the "expiration date". The business wants to sell bread products at their peak freshness, which for breads is about 5-7 days. In america, bread that sits in the store more than a week is thrown out, still perfectly okay for consumption, but is worthless to the business because its freshness is slightly past peak.

I think it's actually a good idea to charge them for throwing out the food, thus prompting them to donate it to food banks instead. I can only imagine how many homeless could be fed around here with all the bread that gets thrown away by my company on a daily basis.
calliopem_eratocalliopem_erato on November 9th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for explaining. I now understand better about it.
Freytsuki_fru on November 9th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
Yay for volunteering! The world can be happy for it has more love in it now. ^-^!
孤児koji on November 9th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
It's always such a good feeling to volunteer and work for the sake of helping someone- not just to make money. I hope you're able to find some other places to help <3
Elite Nerd Patrol, On Duty: platypusmechassninja on November 9th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
it's so nice that you find the time to do this. hopefully you can find some other fun volunteer activities and meet more cool people :D
L-Samamurasakiblue on November 9th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Congratulation for volunteering! I've been helping out in a food bank in my hometown for several years now. It's quite exhausting but very gratifying in the end. Also it is true that you can meet some great people among the volunteers. So it's definitely worth the time, ne?
Janellechibi_rei on November 10th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
I work at a grocery store and I can vouch for expired food still being edible. We have to throw out certain things 1-3 days before the sell by day pops up (depending on what product it is) and I'd say 90-95% of the time the food is still good enough to eat.

Luckily a local food bank comes to pick up all of the food we get rid of 6 days out of the week so most of it isn't wasted (of course the really questionable stuff we throw out right away).
chibicerebuschibicerebus on November 11th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
That's cool you volunteered. :D

There is actually a certain chain of bakeries that donates baked goods that they would otherwise throw out to places. I think it's a great thing.

But the markets here throw all older fruits/vegs into a grinder they won't even discount price them. I've seen a delicious pile of starfruit start to rot before they throw them away. It's sad to waste food like that.
Eajoa on November 15th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
I wanna help too, next time! I'm going home for three weeks in dec, but after that if you're going, tell me!!! ♥