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The pantry

July 7th, 2009 (05:50 pm)

So yesterday was a last minute "we need to clean out the food pantry" sort of a day. I used to go down there every Monday night to sort through food and shelve it. Those were good times. But after Thanksgiving that was no longer an issue because the pantry had been pretty much cleaned out for the holiday outreach.

So yesterday when I got there I was expecting the place to be basically empty. Imagine my shock when I stepped into a room so packed with what looked like junk that you literally couldn't walk.

The kitchen area, where we normally store all the good food was literally piled to the ceiling with hundreds of boxes of vitamins. The palates in the main room where we keep the deliveries that need to be sorted through were piled high with books, papers, and office supplies. There were a few piles of boxes filled with cans scattered around, and then there was all the STUFF. Bicycles and pieces of computers and random things like that.

At first all I could do was stand there and gape. I had no idea where to begin. I took a quick survey and figured out that the stuff had probably come from the storage room in back. That made a certain amount of sense. What I didn't get was why that back room was now filled with boxes of vitamines. Oh, and did I mention that the vitamins were also stacked to the ceiling in the lobby? We are talking about easily 1000 boxes here, randomly piled anywhere there was room.

So after a few minutes of sorting around and moving things to make walkways I came up with my brilliant 2 pronged plan of attack. First, the food shelves needed to be reorganized and restocked with whatever food was still good. Second, the mountain of vitamins in the kitchen needed to be put somewhere so we could get access to the cabinets (which also store food).

And so I started stocking vitamin boxes on the bottom shelves of the accessable shelving units, as well as random unused corners of the rooms. I ended up rearranging and consolidating several sections of storage to make extra room. And soon enough I had made my way to the first set of cabinets.

By that time help arrived in the form of the two hardest workers I have ever known, and they immediately started work on the food.

Fast forward 4 hours later, and the shelves of food are full to bursting. All of the vitamin boxes are at least off the floor of the kitchen, and eventhough theplace is still a complete mess, the look of utter chaos is gone.

Crazy fun day!

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Posted by: empress_jule (empress_jule)
Posted at: July 9th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
time management

oh my gosh! What are the vitamins for?

Posted by: Paula (moonlithuntress)
Posted at: July 9th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)

That's the sad part. I'm pretty sure that we have no specific plan for distributing 6000 bottles of children's gummy vitamins. I don't know where they came from. I don't know why we agreed to take them. I'm sure we will find ways to get them to kids who could use them, but for the moment they're just there