Story Type: Volunteers
“There’s a saying that everyone’s cup is full – it’s just for every person the mix is different. For those who can share part of what’s in their cup, it will be filled back up with something from someone else’s.”
We’re grateful for volunteers like Keith Ward, who is willing to share what’s in his cup. Keith has been volunteering with Care and Share for over two years. He first found Care and Share through when his son’s elementary school volunteered at our distribution center, and he attended as a parent volunteer. He told us, “The kids and adults came away from it with an appreciation of serving others while having fun.”
Keith helps with our Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a food box program for low-income seniors who need assistance getting the food they need to remain independent. Each Saturday, volunteers come to Care and Share to assemble boxes of healthy food items for qualifying seniors. These boxes help relieve seniors from making impossible decisions like buying food or purchasing medications they need. Keith and other volunteers work together on a variety of tasks, such as constructing cardboard boxes, placing the food items in the boxes, placing the boxes on pallets for distribution, and breaking down packaging for recycling.
Keith knows hunger affects those around us in ways we may not expect. While in college, Keith volunteered at a local shelter. One day, a man came in to receive services who Keith recognized as a peer from his college campus. . This man told Keith his story of struggling with hunger. “It just showed me that hunger issues may exist for people that I wouldn’t think about as potentially being in that situation.”