By JUSTIN NGUYEN, BY
Once upon a time, a bunch of lovely people from PsiEK got together one rainy Saturday to volunteer for the LA Food Bank, specifically by helping to create all of the food packages that go to feed people in need. The day we went, we were preparing boxes of food for an underserved elderly home. While it wasn’t directly related to music, if you think about it in an abstract way, the assembly line of volunteers putting these packages together was its own sort of music, with all sorts of off-tempo banging, clanking, taping, and grunting noises that came together to form a sort of hyper-experimental operatic banger.
When we arrived, we were given a quick presentation about the importance of food banking, and we were then assigned to various groups. I was assigned to the “BOXES” group, while others received fun labels like “JUICE” or “TAPE.” Being part of the “BOXES” group was pretty fun though, because it was essentially a free workout. We were at the end of the food box assembly line, and once the boxes were taped up by other volunteers, we hoisted these boxes onto pallets and stacked them up high in a stable, alternating pattern. And that’s how it went for roughly 3 hours, stacking boxes and regretting wearing a sweater inside this huge warehouse.
Once our time was up, we were all called together again and told how many food boxes we had assembled for this elderly community. While I can’t quite recall the exact number, it was
shockingly large. The work that day was really tiring, yet simultaneously incredibly rewarding,
because everyone was constantly doing something, and it was all for a great cause. Hopefully
we’ll return to the LA Food Bank as a yearly thing. And maybe next time we’ll bring our
instruments or something and play PRESSURE.
The brothers and sisters who volunteered at the Food Bank! Top row (from left to right): Matthew Chin, Justin Nguyen, David Thorne, Harry Mitchell, John Lassetter, Kyle Reidy, William Shu. Bottom row (left to right): Andy Nguyen, Joshua Horita, Casey Armstrong, Talia Fossa, Sarah Jensen, Daniela Hernandez.