By: Elizabeth Stahl, Communication Intern
After several attempts to catch Pam during some free time, a rarity, I finally cornered her for a quick Friday Full of Fun interview! Pam is the epitome of busy! Someone with so many tasks and someone so full of compassion is difficult to track down, but luckily I found her!
Tell me a little about what you do:
-I use UPS Mobile Cast to monitor the truck pick-ups, deliveries, and drop-offs. I assist Don and Dennis. I weigh food drives; I weigh everything that comes in every day. I take inventory every day and make sure everything is documented. I assist in making sure that everything is in order to receive food whether cleaning or organizing the volunteers. I assist in making sure that other agencies are taken care of. I make sure that the food is the proper temperature and in good shape, and I also make sure the coolers are the right temperatures. (and the list goes on I'm sure!)
"I do a lot but I like to stay busy”
What is your favorite part about fighting hunger?
-I like the fact that we are able to make sure that people that would normally be hungry, aren’t. It feels great to help others. I love the after school programs, we make sure kids eat.
What is your favorite day of the week at the Food Shuttle? Why?
-I love Thursday’s because it is our busiest day as far as recipient agencies goes- from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm our agencies are picking up. I love to see our food going out to those that need it. I love to see the cooler getting empty so we can fill it up again”
About how many volunteers do you work with each week?
-It depends on the day and the week! I would say about fifty or more each week.
What is your guilty pleasure food?
-I love fried chicken!
What is one thing you wished more people did?
-I wish more people would have a heart, whether it be volunteering or donating. Kids are going to be the leaders one day and we should put them first. Before working here I never knew how many people did not have food. I never knew how many people waste food. It made me see things in a different light. I enjoy what I do; it makes me feel great at the end of the day. I really admire Jill for dreaming up this concept and I love our family environment.
Being busy is not a bad thing. A diligent worker, Pam stays busy in order to get food out to those in need. Her dedication is inspiring; she never quits knowing that food insecure people need her help!