This summer I had the incredible chance to intern with the Bucks County Opportunity Council as the Kid’s Lunch Box Coordinator. Since a young age, I have had a passion for fighting child hunger in America, immersing myself in numerous projects and volunteer activities to aid food insecurity within our community. The position was a perfect opportunity for me to learn and continue to serve.
It is hard to sum up a summer’s worth of experience in just a few paragraphs. My experience interning with BCOC was more than I could’ve imagined, and while I am sad to see it come to an end I am so grateful for everything that it has taught me.
As the Kid’s Lunch Box Coordinator, I learned the ins and outs of the BCOC Food Program. While my main job was distributing the kids’ lunches at each of the Fresh Connect sites and working to spread the word of the availability of the lunches, I had the chance to experience many of the other programs that BCOC and the Food Program offers. I was able to spend time at the Hope of the Harvest Garden at Delaware Valley University, distribute senior food boxes, and visit and help at pantries throughout Bucks County.
Throughout the summer I became more and more aware of the true value of our actions and the power of community, as I was continually amazed by all the hard work done by those at BCOC and the volunteers that lend their time to make a difference. As I met and interacted with many people throughout the community, from pantry managers to weekly volunteers, I was impressed with our local community members and their dedication to serving others.
While this summer was filled with many hot days at Fresh Connect and heavy lifting to build pallets at the county cooler, it was all worth it when I saw the smiles on the kids’ faces as I handed them their lunch boxes. I think the greatest thing about my summer was being able to be a part of something bigger than myself.
I am reminded of a story that I felt was very fitting with what I’ve been able to do and what I’ve learned this summer. It was called “The Starfish Story” and told of a little boy who was throwing washed up starfish back into the ocean when he was approached by a man. The man said that with hundreds of starfish on the miles of beaches there was no way that little boy could make a difference. The boy continued to throw the starfish back into the ocean and replied, “I made a difference to that one.”
I am reminded of the way in which our actions impact others. You never know how the smallest thing could make a difference in someone’s life, and I am thankful for my summer at BCOC that has allowed me to do just that.
Kate Klock is a senior at Pennsbury School.