Name: Lou & Laureen Basta
Occupation/employer: Full-time volunteers
Role at Foodshare: We work in the Reclamation Room evaluating dented and damaged packaged food and frozen meat.
How long with Foodshare? 4 years (Lou); 3 years (Laureen)
How you first became involved with Foodshare: “A friend, Chuck Henry, was a volunteer here and got us interested in the operation.”
Why we support Foodshare: “There is no better way to help our neighbors than to help provide food for those in need. We believe in Foodshare’s goal ‘when hunger stops, so will we.’”
Most recent accomplishment: Lou has another volunteer activity - building houses with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity. He recently completed his 10 year anniversary with that group.
What has changed the most at Foodshare in your time with us? “There seems to be less food items in the ‘dents and damages’ donation category coming into Foodshare, while much more non-food items are being received.”
What has stayed the same? “The hard-working, dedicated and caring staff of Foodshare. They are truly amazing!”
What one word would you use to describe yourself? Analytical (Lou), Caring (Laureen)
What are you most proud of? Our children (caring, competent, hard-working & responsible)
From where does your inspiration / motivation to volunteer come? “Our faith is the most important part of our life. It asks us to love and help our brothers and sisters above all else.”
Anything you would like to add about your volunteer experience at Foodshare? “All of the volunteers that we have had the privilege to work with have been so dedicated, friendly and easy-going. We enjoy their company and have fun working together for this good cause. The time seems to fly by so quickly.”