Volunteers of the Week
04/24/2016 - Sue & Noah Hirschon - $98 Club MembersVolunteering with Food on Food means I get to share in the warm feeling of watching people choose to make their lives better.
I love Food on Foot's wholistic approach to changing people's lives. From the green shirts to the gray shirts to the amazing stories of the graduates, every aspect touches my heart. From proving to people marginalized by much of society that there can be something so consistent as the same meal every week, same time-same place for as long as the want to come. I love the support, from interview training to making sure graduates have a financial cushion if something goes awry. I love Food on Foot.
The first time I came, I heard Cynthia tell her story of going from PhD to homeless: an abusive partner, losing so many family members to cancer, losing her business-I doubt I could withstand even half of what she endured without succumbing to depression. To know her story of a life redeemed through Food on Foot is a gift.
04/18/2016 - Mary Jane Shubow & her granddaughter Maya - $98 Club MembersMy granddaughter Maya chose Food on Foot as her Mitzvah Project for her Bat Mitzvah this summer. I am grateful to be able to participate in this kind of community service with her. I like the direct contact with all the people there. Maya and I learn so much by hearing all their different stories. I am always inspired by the serving we attend. I love doing this together with Maya.
04/10/2016 - Justin Lewis - $98 Club MemberFood on Foot allows me to develop a personal connection with the people that progress through it. We all have our problems in life and obstacles we must overcome, but I am truly humbled and inspired by the stories of some of these amazing people that work themselves from the street into the working world. It gives new meaning to the term "survivor".
I like that Food on Foot is not about enablement. You can't just show up and be taken care of. People have to make a commitment to themselves and truly want to help themselves and work for it. And if they do, they are rewarded. I also find that, beside the food and clothing and promise of stability, so many of the people in the program are also desperate for simple human interaction. Many of them are good people just looking for acceptance and to be treated as human beings and I enjoy that interaction more than anything.
I recall giving out prizes once and one of the recipients was hugging everyone in her group so as she took her gift card from me and went to shake my hand, I insisted that I should get a hug too which she happily gave me. Again, basic human needs.