BGA Students Feed the Hungry at TASK
Posted on 11/06/2016
BGA Students Feed the Hungry at TASK

BGA Students Feed the Hungry at TASK

On October 31st, 12 Bishop Ahr High School Juniors and on November 3rd, 10 BGA Seniors, accompanied by Father Keith Cervine and Deacon Rich Lutomski on both days, volunteered at TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen). The juniors served 421 lunches to the patrons and the seniors served approximately 250 lunches! On November 18th, 12 BGA Seniors, accompanied by Father Keith Cervine and Deacon Rich Lutomski on both days, volunteered at TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen). The seniors served approximately 320 lunches! The BGA group brought with themselves the 400 bagged lunches made by BGA students! On November 29th and 30th, twenty BGA Seniors, accompanied by Father Keith Cervine 
and Deacon Rich Lutomski on both days, volunteered at TASK. The seniors served approximately 320 lunches!
Before leaving at the pre-soup kitchen prayer and gathering, Sister Cynthia challenged the student and adult volunteers to go to TASK to bring the face of God to the people they encounter at TASK. She also challenged them to see God’s face in them as well.
  • Here are some of the ways the BGA volunteers brought God’s face to the people at TASK on Oct 31st and Nov 3rd or perhaps saw the fact of God in those they served:
  • Caroline ’18 commented: “I had a great time. The people were very kind and it felt great to help just a little bit in these people's lives by serving them food.”
  • Sean ’18 said: “I felt much fulfilled after my day at the soup kitchen, and many of the other volunteers displayed to me the face of God, as well as the people who needed our help.”
  • Katherine ‘17- “the most rewarding experience I had today at task was when a man came up to me and thanked us for what we're doing because it isn't often that the people we help personally thank us.” 
  • Sam ‘17- “I saw God each time I saw a smile from someone receiving the food I handed them.”
  • Drew ’17 – “I know that in one day I can't solve all the world's problems, but knowing that I made a difference in at least one person's life meant the world to me.”
  • Priscilla ’17 – “I go out and do service on my one time similar to this but this is one of my favorite places to go to because they people are so happy to receive what we can provide.”
  • Mike ’17 –“going to TASK is always a different experience every time but the one thing that stays the same and always makes the whole trip worth it is the smiles of the patrons that appreciate  the little things that we take for granted.”
  • Camryn ’17 -it’s been a while since I've gone to TASK so I didn't know what to expect. I was so glad to have such a great experience today and making people smile.  It's my favorite thing to do. “ 
  • Bobby ’17 –“ my favorite thing about going to task was knowing that I am making a difference in the community.  It doesn’t matter how small of a difference it makes.”
  • Shawn ’17 –“this was the second time I've been to TASK and I had a completely different job this time. It was interesting to see how different it was being on the serving line as opposed to handing out socks so people walked in. Both impacted me greatly and as sad as it is to see the condition of some people or the sad look on their face being able to help them and see them smile or joke around with them when they get their food makes me really happy.”
  • Erin ‘17- “this was the second time I've been here and both times it was a great experience. It really upsets me to see so many people in need but I'm glad I could help them today. It gives me a good feeling to see a smile on the people's faces when they're in such bad situations. A little help can go a long way. Sometimes a smile and compliment can make someone's day. This experience humbled me a lot and made me realize how fortunate I really am.”
  • Justin ’17 – “I never realized how many people are in need of our help. There is such a need for volunteers and I was so honored to help. The experience of making a difference in someone's life is so rewarding. It really makes me thank God for all the blessings I have and that I need to help others who don't have the basic needs I take for granted every day. This experience really opened my eyes and made me see how important it is to help other and how my time is such an important donation.”
  • “It was great seeing people reacting positively to our service and I'm glad I got to do it with my friends. I've been to TASK once before and I hope to go again soon.” - Kaitlyn Loyota
  • “TASK was really enjoyable for me because I like interacting with the people and being able to help out.” -Michaela Finan
  • “It was very enlightening and made me feel accomplished.” -Pilar Jimenez
  • “I liked the systematic way of serving food. It made me feel very good about myself because I feel that my purpose in life is to help those who are in need. It enlightened me to who and what really matter in life.” -Justin Mamaclay
  • “It’s always an amazing experience; it feels good to know that we're helping people. I’ll be trying to come more often on my own to help out.” - Nick
    “This was my second time and I loved doing it just as much as the first time. I kept getting a strong feeling that I was making such a difference. I would definitely love to come again.” -Shria Karthick
  • “This was my second time doing service in TASK and I loved both experiences. I love being a part of making people smile and making a difference in the community and TASK offered both characteristics. I would definitely love to go back again.”  - Charlene Enriquez
  • “This was my first time at TASK and I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I learned that helping people can really be a rewarding experience. If I had the option, I'd totally do this again.”- Kevin Maxi
  • “Even though I've been to TASK so many times, I'm so happy I had the opportunity to do this with my friends. Helping others with a group of good people shows me that Bishop Ahr really is a place dedicated to service. I can't wait to go back.” -Lauryn Owusu
  • “This was my first time at TASK and it was honestly one of the best experiences in my life, it didn’t even feel like work because you feel so happy just to be there and help people. This experience really humbled me.” - Vanessa Suriel
  • “This was my first time at TASK and everyone was so kind and welcoming. I loved to see the people's face when I gave them their plate. I didn't expect to have a good time but I did.” - Asia Mayo
  • Great experience today! We served and helped so many people and I am so glad to have been a part of that. -Sydney G
  • "It was so nice talking to some of the people and seeing how just saying hello to them makes their day."  - Daniela Tornatore
  • Seeing how grateful all the people were for just a meal made me realize how selfish we can all be at times and to be thankful for everything we have.  –Emily King 
  • Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces made me realize that we shouldn't take everything we have for granted.  – Sarah Franczak 
  • I loved seeing the smiles on the people's faces when their food was brought to them. It’s such a humbling experience. - Emily
  • Being there today really opened my eyes seeing how happy and grateful people were for a single meal.  I will remember this experience because it taught me to be thankful every day for what I have. - erin saggese
  • My experience today really took my mind off of the stressful things in my life. It was nice to get a break from my everyday routine and do something meaningful for others. - jillian ramirez 
  • I went in today thinking I was going to witness a lot of sad and depressed people but it was the complete opposite. It was really great seeing everyone so happy and being able to share that experience with some of my closest friends. - Jenn Sierra 
  • My experience today really made me realize the little things I complain about sometimes is really not that bad. It felt great to help out and see the smiles and laughter that these people had. -Renee Viviano
  • Ricky-I saw Jesus in every person I served. It was spectacular. Life-changing.
  • Christine- I saw Jesus in everyone's genuine smiles and words of gratitude.
  • Lauren- I saw Jesus in the smiles on everyone’s faces when I gave them things they needed.
  • Bella - I saw Jesus in the people we served today and knowing that we did something good for those people brought a smile to my face.
  • Zachary- I saw Jesus in the grateful faces of the people we helped.
  • Andrew- I saw Jesus in the other volunteers and the joy they got from helping others together.
  • Justin- I saw Jesus in the happy faces of the less fortunate when I brought them their food.  Knowing that I am the cause of their happiness for that moment feels amazing.
  • Brianna- I saw Jesus in the people walking in and out of those doors. Having the opportunity to give out the necessities to other people felt amazing.  Seeing them smile made me really happy.
  • Melissa- I saw Jesus in the faces of all the people we helped today. Knowing that we made a difference in their lives felt really good.
  • Jenna- I saw Jesus in all the people that were so grateful that I was wrapping their food. Eve time they said thank you and smiled at me I saw Jesus in them. Knowing that I helped them and made them very grateful and smile made me smile and feel happy.