This was the most frustrating sampling. It was supposed to be the last afternoon sampling week. Serena didn’t say she wouldn’t be able to come until Monday and I wasn’t able to get a general sampling schedule organized until later that night when I got off of work. By that time, Alex, whom said she would definitely work Ram Pantry said she went home for some reason. I told people to come the day of seeing as time went on no one showed. I was so frustrated. And it kind of hurt my feeling that no one would come and help. This was my worst nightmare for this class and even wrote about this concern in my midterm and it actually coming true is an awful feeling and is why I HATE group work. People also didn’t seem interested in the samples at all on this which just added to my disappointment.
On November 12th Tori and I made a chunky salsa for sampling at the Ram Pantry. We were the only ones to show up but since we were making something so simple we didn’t think it would be that big of a deal. This day we also made our kale chip video for one of our MAKES. Although it was supposed to be the last morning shift and only us to came, we got to know each other better and we had a lot of fun!
Aster, Laura, and I met up on 25th of November to make a design and plan supplies needed for crafting donation bins for the Ram Pantry. We planned during our canceled class time and emailed Bonnie and We Terrence the list of supplies. After we were beginning to get excited about the bins we began running into several problems.
1. We had a budget and didn’t know it.
2. It was only $25.
3. We are told we could use the ram pantry to paint at, but the day we planned on working on the bins they aid we couldn’t use the space.
We ended up not doing the bins this semester which was pretty disappointing. We put so much time and effort into getting things planned out and finally getting get people to volunteer. Although this was disappointing, hopefully the next semester of students working with the RamPantry will have better planning than we did.
On October 29th Tori, John, Elle, and I attempted to make samples of sweet potato fries. IT WAS AWFUL. We assumed it would be super easy and even sound an online recipe to go by- but we had no idea what we had inshore. It was difficult in general to slice them and none of us have ever made them before. I was the only one to ever have them! Anyways, we tried to make samples and put too much sugar on them. The sugar ended up melting and Elle got the pan out of the oven the sugar spilt onto the inside on the oven and started smoking! We turned the oven off and after it cooled I cleaned it, but that took 25 mins. This accident delayed our cooking by 30 mins total. When the first batch was finally done I tried them and they were so soggy we couldn’t even let these be eaten. The accident didn’t allow us time to cook more, so we ended up not sampling that day.
What I Learned:
1. Not everything is going to run as expected and that’s okay, we tried which what was important. And even though we were unsuccessful with samples, we still had fun.
2. Try recipes out in advance, just so you are sure of what to do.
This week is reading days and a few days earlier Jezzy posted on Facebook that the RamPantry was closed. But turns of that this other girl changed the hours and they ended up being open. Terrence didn’t even send an email at all until the day of/night before. The lack of communication is really concerning with our hopes to keep students updated on events involving the pantry.
On the 8th of October we had an morning shift at the RamPantry. The day at first seemed like it wouldn’t go well because I was running few minutes late printing of the recipes. Even though I ran late no one was there when I got there. Soon after I got there, Tori shortly arrived. we were the only two there for a while and I sent a group message that no one but us two were there and only 2 more people came. Although we has a small group come this week we gave out a lot more samples and had a ton of positive feed back. I just worry that as the semester goes on people will continue to not show to the weeks we work.
On Wednesday, September the 24th our group did our first volunteering at the Ram Pantry. Overall it was a good experience. Everyone who said there were going to come did show and we had plenty of food for cooking. unfortunately not as many people showed up as we had prepares so we had left overs to last into the afternoon. People didn’t show up until almost 11 but I don’t think that really presented a problem because there was only so much stove top space. People enjoyed the samples except for one person and in general people took our samples to try. We were unable to see if people actually got the food that we prepared but we provided recipes to go along with our samples. Hopefully next week more people will be at the pantry in the afternoon. (Pictures are me cooking, our samples, and some of our cooking food.)
Not too long ago we had the honor of having Terrence Walker come to our class to inform us as a whole about food insecurity. After his lecture we discused ideas and immediate goals of the pantry. Below is a list of notes from his visit and picture.
Open in January 2013
Used to give food voucher for 2 meals
818 s cathedrial PL
gas food, textbook and food
everything is student run
open Wed 11-5
FRESH PRODUCE, FRESH BREAD
SEASON SOAP DENTAL SUPPLIES
5 things per student
sustanibility -HOW TO KEEP IT OPEN
COLLEGE UNIVERSITY FOOD BANK ALLIANCE
Raise awareness, conference, etc.
How market cufba as well as rampantry
*Cufba as twitter
already have donations
already had over 1000 people have come to the pantry
Produce pick spet 22 mon 7:30 am Need SUV
Need to pop up more often
Sept hunger action month
Food drive greek wide
Food insecurity conference
Move into the student commons- grand opening
Chef w dining healthy cooking classes
Semi health fair