CAFB volunteer, Kurt Dyer, helps families enjoy grandma’s best recipe.
February 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
St. John Community Food Center is a CAFB – run food pantry which provides clients with a personal shopping experience, SNAP application assistance and special distributions for older adults. This pantry is part of a collaborative effort with For The City and other nonprofits providing complementary services for clients. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we’re able to provide this service every Wednesday. Meet Kurt Dyer, one of our volunteers who makes this possible
CAFB: Why do you volunteer?
KD: To pay forward the blessings I received when I was helped by family and friends when I was injured in a crash with a drunken driver. I can’t pay back the wonderful help I received during my recovery, so maybe someone else can move on to a better life with the help of the Food Bank.
CAFB: Why do you think people should care about hunger in our community?
KD: Too many reasons to list, but what if you were looking down at that empty plate feeling hunger pains and you told yourself, “No, no, I am not going to eat one more bite of Grandma’s best recipe. I’m on a diet and I just can’t eat any more.” What if you were looking down at that empty plate feeling hunger pains because Grandma had no food to make her best recipes. With help, this food pantry might have had some of the ingredients for Grandma to make it through this year.
CAFB: What do you do when you volunteer at a food pantry like the St. John Community Food Center?
KD: I enjoy getting to know other volunteers and staff. We assist people by putting their grocery items in bags, and we help people carry their bags to their car.
CAFB: Can you describe a touching, funny, or surprising moment from your service at the St. John Community Food Center?
KD: I was told a very touching story, recently. The other day a grandmother told me she had her grandkids come live with her as their mother had just died. It was going to be impossible for “Grandma to make her best recipes.” My accident also killed the mother of my children. It was Christmas time when she passed. I was on life support in the ICU. Family, friends and the community came together and helped us so that it was possible for “Grandma to make her best recipes” for my family.
Volunteer at the St. John Community Food Center
500 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin, TX 78752
9 a.m. – noon (stocking the shelves)
8:30 a.m. – noon (distribution to families)