Sean and Charlie: A Father-Son Duo Tackle Hunger
Thursday, April 28, was National Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work Day. Community Capacity Building Manager Sean Breslin reflects on the experience of sharing his work with his son, Charlie:
At home we’ve talked about what I do at work and what Philabundance does for the Delaware Valley, but no amount of breakfast table discussion can compare to having your child at your side supporting the community. So when I received a permission slip for Take Your Child to Work Day, I made plans to bring my 7-year-old son Charlie to Philabundance.
Charlie and I left school around lunch time and went to Philabundance’s Berks Street office, which is one of two warehouses where we store food as well as office space for staff, where Charlie met several of our direct services team members who work together to bring produce to eight produce distribution locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Community Food Programs Field Coordinator Emily Glick immediately put him to work preparing for our afternoon Fresh For All food distribution in Paulsboro, NJ. Although, Charlie was quick to notice toys on a neighboring desk…
…Once we arrived on-site in Paulsboro, he was all business! Emily taught him how to use our new electronic check-in system, which helps us ensure distribution moves smoothly and quickly for our clients. He quickly took to the role, greeting participants with a bright “Hello!” and making sure things were trucking along.
Even though it was raining, Charlie made sure to smile at everyone who came to the distribution. Our family lives in South Jersey, not far from Paulsboro, and seeing him brighten fellow community members’ days with his hard work and positive attitude filled me with pride.
One thing Charlie picked up on immediately were the boxes upon boxes of fresh cantaloupes, yams and lettuce. “What do all those foods have in common?” I asked him.
“They’re all healthy,” he replied.
“That’s right,” I told him. “Fruits and vegetables are important for everyone, no matter what.”
Charlie is naturally a helpful and compassionate child so he was happy to know his work helped our neighbors put healthy fruits and vegetables on their tables. He also learned that working in the rain is much better with a smile on your face and when you’re surrounded by awesome staff and volunteers to count on.
Thank you to Philabundance, Fresh For All and the Paulsboro community for sharing Take Your Child to Work Day with Charlie and me!