Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.
Sallie Simpson helps with the Farm Stand most Saturdays and serves as culinary instructor for the Cooking Matters classes that are held at Urban Ministries. “Every person in the class realized tangible improvement by the end of the class... one of the doctors in the Open Door Clinic ...told me that the class would practically dance down the hall as they left the class each day!”
Tell us about your first-ever time volunteering with IFFS.
It was a cold, sleeting day in February – we were raking rocks out of a newly plowed field and spreading mulch. Everyone was so nice and we laughed so much that I decided to keep coming back!
Describe a volunteer moment that felt very rewarding.
Last spring I co-led a Cooking Matters class at Urban Ministries with Ana Cardia, and we had such a motivated class – each participant had been sent to class by their doctor for diet-related conditions. Every person in the class realized tangible improvement by the end of the class and one of the doctors in the Open Door Clinic at Urban Ministries told me that the class would practically dance down the hall as they left the class each day!
What would you say to recruit a friend to volunteer with IFFS?I would tell people that this is a great place to volunteer – the people are wonderful to work with. There is a lot of work, and lots of fun as well!
"I’ve never volunteered at a place where the staff were so welcoming, the participants were so excited, and the programs were so fun!" -Meghan Dempsey
You may know IFFS as a Triangle organization, but our Nutrition Education department reaches from Boone to Morehead City - thanks to Satellite Partners!
Featuring a letter from Jill, unique solutions to summer hunger, CJTP & Teaching Farm celebrations, special corporate food donation, & volunteer spotlight
"My greatest reward is when the cooking class participants try something new and like it."
Our 2014 Growing Report infographic illustrates the true difference made by our volunteers, donors, staff, and partners in the fight against hunger.
In 2014 volunteers fed 1,860 children every weekend, and 1,571 seniors every month. When you volunteer with IFFS, you change lives – including your own.