Jordan West is a productive 2017 alumnus of the College Experience. He braved the unexpected snowstorm on the morning of Friday, March 2, 2018 to volunteer for his first shift at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, where he is stationed in the Salvage Sorting Room. He has committed toward volunteering every Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Jordan worked alongside his co-workers, Richard and Gyaltsen, to organize the contents within vast bins of non-perishable items. He separated many pounds of canned vegetables, condiments, baked goods, seltzer, desserts, and other non-perishable items. He also learned how to operate a machine that weighs the boxes of the organized products and prints self-adhesive labels. He even had the meticulous job of identifying what products were damaged or past their expiration date.

Jordan is interested in hip-hop music and is also passionate about lending support to social justice issues such as confronting racism when not lending his time to such a benevolent cause. Jordan also had an internship at Hot 99.1 during his senior year last year, which appealed to his special interests.

The food bank is located on 965 Albany-Shaker Road in Latham, NY. The Northeastern Regional Food Bank combined with its other branch in Orange County provides over 35 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 member agencies from Plattsburgh to Newburgh. The mission of the Regional Food Bank is to decrease the anguish of hunger and reduce food waste by accepting donations from supermarkets. You can visit their website and learn more here:

The College Experience thanks the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York for all they provide to Jordan, as well as other volunteers from Living Resources, Inc. as they gain valuable work skills that will enhance opportunities in the future!