Here at the Food Shuttle, our volunteers mean the world to us and we could not accomplish half of what we do without their support. Half of our food recovery and distribution trucks are driven by volunteers. Last year, we utilized 43, 383 volunteer hours to benefit our community! One of our volunteers recently went above and beyond to help the Food Shuttle. Since last spring, Edna Kaufman has volunteered with the Food Shuttle in a number of capacities, from picking Muscadine grapes at field gleanings to helping sort food and pack backpacks full of nutritious meals for hungry children through our Backpack Buddies program with her colleagues at Progress Energy. We first met Edna on the farm. She just stopped by after learning about the farm and wanted to know how she could help. From that day, Edna jumped right to work volunteering in our farms & gardens and becoming an advocate for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle with her co-workers and civic groups. Edna is an enthusiastic and engaged volunteer!
This year, in addition to generously donating her time and hard work to our program, Edna decided she wanted to help in another way. She selflessly decided that this year, instead of receiving birthday and Christmas presents, flowers, or gift cards, she wanted her family and friends to donate to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to help end hunger in our community. Already, Edna has raised more than $500 to support the Food Shuttle through her own fundraising page on our website and through her birthday wish on our Facebook Causes. What an inspiration!
This holiday season, we are taking a moment to thank Edna and all of our volunteers who work with us by giving their time and talent to help end hunger in our community. We are grateful for each and every volunteer this holiday season. You each are a gift to us.