One by one, volunteers filled bags with food. "You grab your item, put it in the bag and you pass it along. It's pretty easy, you can't really mess it up," said Kira Hancock, and Essex High School student.
Oatmeal, fruits and vegetables made their way down the assembly line. And soon these blizzard bags will make their way into the homes of seniors in need of meals this winter season. "The 888 bags that we packed today are going to be delivered to seniors in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison County," said Zoe Hardy, Nutrition Director for the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging.
"This ensures that if we have snow days and we have to cancel or if we don't have a snow day and we can't get somewhere up in Lincoln or somewhere else, that folks have some food to take care of them in the interim," said Tracy Corbett with Addison County Meals on Wheels.
Sunday, 86 volunteers donated their time to help assemble the emergency meals at the Cocoa Cola Plant in Colchester. "We come every year and spend a little time here. It's a good feeling," said volunteer Julie Mueller.
"It's good to do something, especially this time of year when I just want to sit in my house and drink cocoa. It's good to get out and do something useful," said volunteer Megan Evans.
Students from Essex High School also came out to lend a hand. "I think it's a really good experience for us to have, to be able to do something that requires our own time to help others," said Brittany Moore, a member of the Essex High School ROTC.
"It was a lot of team work, definitely," added ROTC member Jacqueline Welch.
On Monday the blizzard bags will be delivered to seniors throughout the Champlain Valley. Next year CVAA and student volunteers hopes to see even more helping hands. "I think more people should do it because it was a great experience and it's an important thing that needs to be done," Moore said.
And Sunday, every volunteer played a part in making sure this winter, no senior goes hungry.