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Learning life skills at the food bank

San Benito High School students obtain skills and help others during their weekly visit

Each Wednesday morning, students from the Life Skills class at San Benito High School volunteer at Community FoodBank. It was a quiet morning recently as two school vans pulled into the parking lot and soon after the smiling faces of students, eager to work, emerged.

Quickly, they went on with their assigned tasks, but not because they “had” to. The energy and enthusiasm they carry is infectious. This day, the students spent their time bagging candy (cookies and cream milkshake malt balls) from Marich Chocolates.

According to Warehouse Manager, Randall Martin, about 400 pounds of candy is bagged in one-and-a-half to two hours.

Ann Vasquez, teacher of this class, said doing activities like this helps the students learn valuable skills as well as feel good because they are helping other people. Upon asking one student, Adam Bell, what his favorite part of coming to FoodBank is, he quickly responded with “helping people."

This was an enthusiastic consensus among all the students. Make no doubt about it: they are helping other people, but they are also helping all of us – with their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for life.


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Mark Paxton (Mark Paxton)

I've been at this most of my life, and it still fascinates and challenges me. San Benito County can be a cruel mistress at times, but we can share in our love for her, even with all her quirks.


Submitted by Valerie Egland (valerie egland) on

Thank you, Mark Paxton and all your crew for the forward-thinking acts of inclusivity and skills-sharing that create the feeling of belonging in our community. San Benito County cannot afford to create socially failed individuals who might fall through the safety nets, or choose destructive means for gaining attention.. We want to foster happy, healthy young minds and attitudes, and you get a lot of that through feeling useful and appreciated, no matter who you are.

(I needed to re-word my last comment when I noticed it wasn't very clear.  Sorry.)

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