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Stan
Stow, OH
My wife and I have raised vegetables (~1,800 lbs.) in a garden at a local church ministry.
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Stan
Stow, OH
My wife and I have raised vegetables (~1,800 lbs.) in a garden at a local church ministry. For several years, we distributed them to local residents through our Community Days in order to supplement canned and dried goods from the Food Pantry. This year, we are also working thru a local homeless outreach center to provide produce at a weekly food desert market which also provides employment to their clients.

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Marilee - Volunteer at Treasure Coast Food Bank
Marilee
Alabama
Marilee has been volunteering at Feeding the Gulf Coast for 9 months and in those 9 months she has...
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Marilee - Volunteer at Treasure Coast Food Bank
Marilee
Alabama

I would like to tell you about an awesome volunteer we have at Feeding the Gulf Coast. Marilee has been volunteering at FTGC for 9 months and in those 9 months she has put in nearly 475 volunteer hours. She always arrives with a smile on her face and has a positive attitude. Marilee has volunteered in reclamation where she helped to sort over 53,000 pounds of donated food. She has helped with clerical needs, inputting data into Primarius and recording volunteer hours. She have performed many tasks in our warehouse:

Marilee implemented new forms for pulling frozen and refrigerated product. This has proven to be more accurate and efficient when filling agency orders. She also maintains our produce coolers. With her creativity our produce looks more appealing to our agencies.

When asked, what do you enjoy about volunteering? Marilee answered, “This is my first volunteer job and I wasn’t sure what to expect. After realizing how many individuals and families need help, it is a good, but humbling feeling to know that you have helped in some way. I never realized there were so many hungry kids. The Backpack Program was a real eye-opener for that. I always feel like I have accomplished something when I leave the food bank and I look forward to coming back the next day.”

Marilee has been retired for a few years, prior to retirement she worked in the Space Shuttle Program for 26 years. She lives with her two one-year old German Shepherds, Ranger and Loki.

Story was submitted by Feeding the Gulf Coast.

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Dave - Volunteer at Gleaners Community Food Bank
Dave
Indiana
Dave has been volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana since 2013 and has donated nearly 400...
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Dave - Volunteer at Gleaners Community Food Bank
Dave
Indiana

Dave DePotter has been volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana since 2013 and has donated nearly 400 volunteer hours.  Dave regularly assists in our Community Cupboard Food Pantry – helping shoppers and stocking shelves. For the past two years, he has co-organized a golf outing to raise awareness and funds for Gleaners. Over $9,700 has been raised to help fight hunger in our community! Dave is our Hunger Hero for always going the extra mile with a smile on his face to fight hunger in Indiana!

Submitted by the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.

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Jestine - A 92 year old food bank volunteer
Jestine
Columbia, SC
Jestine volunteers in one our Emergency Food Pantries at Harvest Hope Food Bank. She is a very young...
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Jestine - A 92 year old food bank volunteer
Jestine
Columbia, SC

"Jestine volunteers in one our Emergency Food Pantries at Harvest Hope Food Bank. She is a very young 92 years of age and has enjoyed volunteering for the last 15 years. The choir at her church recently recognized her with a "Helping the Hungry" award. I asked Jestine what made her start volunteering in 2000. She said she had a close neighbor whose family was struggling with hunger at the time. She came to Harvest Hope to get them help and started volunteering ever since. Please say "Thank You" to Jestine and please share this post with your friends! She is just ONE of our almost 11k strong volunteer base!"

Submitted by the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

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Ian - volunteer
Ian
Missouri
Ian is a “Farm to Table” volunteer for Harvesters and specifically helps at the City Market in...
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Ian - volunteer
Ian
Missouri

Ian is a “Farm to Table” volunteer for Harvesters. “Farm to Table” is a program where Harvesters collects fresh produce from Farmers Markets each Saturday. Ian specifically helps at the City Market in downtown Kansas City.

Ian is a great Harvesters’ representative because of his friendly manner and persuasive powers. He always personally speaks with each farmer at the market to politely ask for food donations and explain how difficult it is to access healthy food if you are food insecure.

After speaking with Ian, the farmers are always willing to donate. In fact, Ian is so good at this that his girlfriend, who is often with him on these excursions, nicknamed him the “Farmer Charmer”.

As a medical student, Ian wholeheartedly believes in and understands the importance of fresh, nutrient-rich produce in everyone’s diet—but especially for those who are food insecure. He enthusiastically supports Harvesters’ goal to provide more produce, and helps Harvesters meet that goal by his efforts.

In fact, one memorable Saturday, Ian arrived with more than 1,000 pounds of produce from the market. This was Ian’s first time volunteering and instead of going just to the market stalls of local farmers – he misunderstood and visited all the commercial stalls too. Ian returned to Harvesters ecstatic about the several pallets of food he had managed to fit in the van and set to work unloading it all with a huge smile on his face.

Though Ian has become very busy finishing medical school and applying to residency programs, his commitment to Harvesters has not waned.

Ian's story was submitted by Harvesters.

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