Hi! My name is Elizabeth Stahl and I am a senior at North Carolina State University. I am a Communication major and a German minor and recently began interning at the Comm Dept at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle! Born in Asheville, I have grown up volunteering at MANNA Food Bank and am passionate about helping the community. My mother Beth, who currently works at MANNA, taught me the importance of volunteering at an early age. I have assisted with the MANNA Packs program and with other events around MANNA such as the Blue Jean Ball. She instilled her own desire to help others in me; this summer I am fortunate enough to be interning with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle! Not only will I be working around the IFFS office, but I will also get hands on experience with the community, so watch out for me! I will be in the field attending community events and a variety of IFFS programs, taking pictures and ensuring that you know about our successful programs and future volunteer opportunities!
What I have learned so far:
I recently learned that the food shuttle system is different from the food banking system. While food banks store mass quantities of food for distribution around the community, food shuttle systems pick up food from around the area, whether from restaurants or grocery stores, and they immediately distribute the food around the community accordingly. While slightly different, both are eager to stop hunger and help others!
I have always appreciated the non-profit atmosphere and am looking forward to working with volunteers, community members, and the IFFS team. My mother certainly inspired me to help others, and hopefully this summer I can do the same. Look for me around while volunteering!