These amazing folks are truly the backbone of our organization. From answering phones, conducting home visits with shut-ins, or stocking shelves in our Food Pantry our cast of volunteers come from all walks of life.
This Volunteer Appreciation gathering was planned by Celia Wheeler, Administrative Assistant to the C.O.O., and myself. Multiple staff prepared baked goods and assisted with the set-up and clean-up. In addition to the volunteers in attendance this gathering was attended by multiple members of our Management, Board of Directors and Staff. It was our honor to have James Arena-DeRosa, President and C.E.O. from Foodshare and members of the Foodshare Team including Dom Piccini, Gaye Sgamboti and Beatrice Maslowski join us for lunch and to say thank you to our volunteers.
After lunch, I invited the Foodshare Team for a tour of our Food Pantry. The tour included sharing that our Pantry has over 3,000 registered clients and serves an average of 350-400 client families each week. I shared with the group that the goal of Hockanum Valley is to increase our fresh produce and dairy capacity by 100% of our current distribution over the next 6-9 months and ideas for the expansion and how our partnership with Foodshare is a very critical part of the plan."