Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Prior

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Volunteer, Kathy Prior bags and sorts green onions at The Hunger Coalition’s warehouse for a busy food distribution day.

How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition?

My two older daughters and I first started packing backpacks for the Backpack Program in 2007, since 2008 I have done hunger outreach in California and Oregon and now I’m back with The Hunger Coalition. Being an adopted child myself at the age of 10, I know how meaningful it is to have the emotional security of knowing where your next meal will come from.

What other interests or hobbies do you have?  Do you volunteer anywhere else? What did you know about The Hunger Coalition before becoming a Volunteer?

I’m most passionate about caring for others, whether it be through foster parenting, homeless outreach, hunger volunteering or being with my 7 children and 13 grandchildren. In my down time I enjoy hiking with my golden retriever and my only child still at home, spending time with my best friend Mal, scrapbooking, refurbishing/repurposing older items, being in nature, gardening and baking. I also deliver food for Meals on Wheels and scoop ice cream at the Senior Center Ice Cream Parlor. I was a foster parent for 26 years and have in the past volunteered my training in crisis intervention for the foster/adopt trainings, as well as done crisis outreach for families that have suffered economical or emotional trauma. I knew little of the specific interworking of The Hunger Coalition before volunteering but I’m delighted every day to learn a little more than I knew the day/month or year before.

What would you tell people The Hunger Coalition is now that you have been a part of the team?

The Hunger Coalition is extremely vital in a community like the Wood River Valley where the incomes vary so drastically from the very low income and working class, to the very well off and  economically privileged. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing a heartfelt service that might be easily pushed under the rug (or not as easily accessible due to the rural proximity of the community) if it were not for The Hunger Coalition.

Can you share a particular memory or favorite experience you have had while working here?

I’m not in the forefront and I often prefer to be the anonymous volunteer due to my personality and the fact that I believe that all my skills, talents and abilities have been a gift from my Creator and not of my own doing or being… That being said, I love to hear the laughter of the children as the get their food, the sharing of their parents with the other volunteers up front and the honest encouragement and genuine caring that is given to the families by the resource volunteers.

What sorts of jobs do you do as a Volunteer?  What kind of people do you work with?

I’ve readied the backpacks to go home with the children for the weekends, I’ve sorted and collected food from the grocery stores in Ketchum (Food Rescue Program) and delivered it to the warehouse. Now I help stock the shelves for distribution days and I package produce and food products in a family-friendly manner. The people at The Hunger Coalition are a different breed of humanity for sure; set aside by the light emitted from their spirits and the happiness shared via their extension of hope to the needy! It is my honor to be in  the presence of such beautiful souls and I’m humbled every day by how much of themselves they give freely to others.

Volunteer Spotlight: Becky and Nick Brooks

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Becky and Nick Brooks returning from rescuing food from Albertsons- look at the fabulous food they brought back. Thanks Becky and Nick!

1. How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition?

I home school Nick and some of our principles in life are to be kind, loving, giving of yourself and to be helpful in our community.

  1. What other interests or hobbies do you have? 

You will probably see Nick riding his longboard around town, or playing his Ukulele. He also loves skiing and snowboarding in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer. I also snow and waterski, hike and enjoy anything about healthy living and enjoying everything that God has blessed us with.  We like to do that when we can to help others, when an opportunity arises. Continue reading

Volunteer Spotlight: The Gedde Family

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Holy sorters! The Gedde family helped sort over 400 pounds of perishable fruits and vegetables donated to us from Atkinsons’ Market Bellevue.

How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition? We are part of the Catholic Church Diaconate program in which we were to choose a volunteer service for 12 weeks. We chose your organization.

What other interests or hobbies do you have? Do you volunteer anywhere else? What did you know about The Hunger Coalition before becoming a Volunteer?  Our family likes the outdoors.  We love the mountain life for skiing, hiking, camping and fishing.  We also love the ocean life for swimming, snorkeling, boogie-boarding and sunbathing.  As far as volunteering, yes, we volunteer at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in youth ministry.

Knowledge of The Hunger Coalition:  We knew little about the program but have seen your van around town and ads in the local papers. Continue reading

Volunteer Spotlight: Nan Riley

nan riley1. How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition?

“I thought I’d like volunteering, I wasn’t able to do the heavy work but, the mailings and putting up event posters gets me out and about, meeting new people.”

2. What did you know about The Hunger Coalition before becoming a Volunteer?
I didn’t know a lot about The Hunger Coalition except their purpose, to help feed those who were having difficulty feeding themselves and their families. I must say since I began there I found it to be a well tuned organization, it’s very impressive.

3. What would you tell people The Hunger Coalition is now that you have been a part of the team? “How incredibly fine tuned it is. Everyone there has a job and they fill it to the best of their ability, it’s a handpicked group. And that they all work hard and together to see that the people who need good food, get good food.”

4. Can you share a particular memory or favorite experience you have had while working here? “I enjoy the mailing, it’s something I’ve done in the past. Finding a better way to make mailing as efficiently as possible. Getting to know the people that work there, marveling at their job performance.

5. What sorts of jobs do you do as a Volunteer? What kind of people do you work with? “Putting up posters is sort of a loner job, unless you have a friend who likes to drive around with you. Doing the mailing, it’s nice to just chat about where people have lived before making a home here, just chit chat. It’s nice to be around others and hear their stories.”

6. What other interests or hobbies do you have? “I enjoy glazing ceramics, spending as much time as I can at the The Bead Shop. It’s therapeutic and satisfying to take a blank item, a plate, and make it into something beautiful. I don’t volunteer elsewhere, not yet. I began last year and I’m feeling it out.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Tom and Julie Steinman

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How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition? “Food has always played an important role in our family.  From our early days working our way through college in restaurants to cooking/baking together as a family and most importantly sitting down to dinner together.  Food not only nourishes our bodies but also serves as a way to show that we care for one another.  It breaks our hearts to think about individuals and families who struggle with something so essential and significant.  We wanted to do whatever we could to help so we began donating produce from our garden several years ago and more recently have been staffing the Mobile Food Bank.”

What other interests or hobbies do you have? “We love skiing, fishing, hiking with our dogs, mountain biking, gardening, camping….and cooking.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lorie Hayes

 

  • Senior Prom 2015How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition?

My church needed a contact for the food drive and I volunteered.  I had been thinking about volunteering for The Hunger Coalition for a long time and this provided a great opportunity to take action.

 
What other interests or hobbies do you have?  Do you volunteer anywhere else? What did you know about The Hunger Coalition before becoming a Volunteer?

I love to swim and hike and in the summer, I love planting flowers.  I am also a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council.  My daughter is a girl scout and I help with her troop.  I also volunteer at my church.  I knew The Hunger Coalition provided food to people who needed it but what I didn’t know is that you also provide educational opportunities; cooking classes and nutritional education.  I think that is so amazing.

What would you tell people The Hunger Coalition is now that you have been a part of the team?  

What a blessing The Hunger Coalition is to so many families in this valley.  I had someone ask if I felt The Hunger Coalition was really necessary and what about those who take advantage of the free food.  For me, it is about the many families with children that need a meal and are provided one.  I can’t imagine having to tell my children I couldn’t feed them.  You provide such a great comfort to those in need.  I can tell the people who work at The Hunger Coalition care about what they are doing and I think it is so wonderful.
Can you share a particular memory or favorite experience you have had while working here?

I keep running into people I know who are volunteering at The Hunger Coalition.  It is so fun because you never know who you are going to see there!

What sorts of jobs do you do as a Volunteer?
What kind of people do you work with?

I am a Grocery Recovery Volunteer and I deliver Snack Packs to Hemingway Elementary during the school year.  I enjoy the staff at Hemingway because my son went to school there.  It is fun to catch up with them each week.  The guys at Main Street Market are a great bunch and always make me welcome.  I am so proud of the businesses donating food that would otherwise be thrown away.  It is another great thing about the Wood River Valley.

Volunteer Spotlight: Chrissy Johnson

CJHow or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition?

When I worked at the school district it was my responsibility to get the kids their snack packs. I’ve always thought it was a cool organization, so when I had time, I sought out to volunteer.

What other interests or hobbies do you have? Do you volunteer anywhere else? 

I love to hike in this beautiful valley, and you can still find me volunteering in the schools.

What would you tell people The Hunger Coalition is now that you have been a part of the team?

The Hunger Coalition feeds people–every day people you know. Times can get tight, and The Hunger Coalition is there for you when you need it.

Can you share a particular memory or favorite experience you have had while working here?

The volunteers have a good time together, we keep it light. I love getting a hug at the end of the food line from a client! They are so thankful.

What sorts of jobs do you do as a Volunteer?
What kind of people do you work with?

I work at the mobile food bank in the Bellevue Warehouse on Mondays. It’s a 2 hour shift that I look forward to every week. The warehouse is set up like a store, clients come through with a grocery cart and we fill it up!

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeramie Dreyfuss

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 How or why did you first become a Volunteer for The Hunger Coalition?
A friend of mine asked me to help her with the free breakfast program during the summer and after meeting Monica, I was so happy that I could help doing other things.

Tell us about yourself, do you volunteer anywhere else?
I was diagnosed with Lupus in my 20’s, I am forever grateful for my life and the three incredible children I was blessed with.  Ten years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. When my higher power let me live to the age of 60 I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to helping animals. I am very proud to have rescued or assisted in over 1,000 rescues from kill shelters mostly around Idaho. I have transported shelter animals all around the West. I do all the free clicks not only for Hunger on the Greater Good Network but also Care2 and Freekibble. Continue reading