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: 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: Sage School

We’d like to say “Muchas gracias!” to the spectacular Sage School team for all of their amazing work they’ve down for The Hunger Coalition! As faithful volunteers for the past six years, we truly don’t know what we’d do without them.

Highlights of their stellar work include: two groups of students who help out in the warehouse twice a week loading the mobile food bank van, stocking shelves and cleaning and organizing.sage school eggs

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November 2014 E Newsletter

As the chill of the morning air turns bitter and November is upon us, We want to thank the community members and organizations that participated in October’s Idaho Hunger Awareness Month. 

Our photo journal project – Food for Thought – was an outstanding success! Special thanks to Gilman Gallery for hosting this wonderful event. Participants and community members mingled and chatted about hunger awareness and situations that led them to seek help. For the annual Food Drive Day, the Sage School kids collected more than 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food from Wood River Valley residents in only two hours. This will help provide 1,540 meals to families in need! Thanksgiving is around the corner – learn more about receiving a Thanksgiving Basket this year, and also how donating a small amount ($25-$35 can make such a difference in community members lives!  Everyone deserves a hearty Thanksgiving meal – let’s do out part in making that happen!

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