“Local Hunger Fighters” is a series that spotlights our awesome supporters and staff who help raise awareness of hunger in our community and motivate people to get involved.

Local Hunger Fighter: Marie Lawton, Family Harvest Program Volunteer

How are you helping Second Harvest and our community?

I help Second Harvest in any way that I can. I mainly help with data entry like processing client applications. I also assist with anything that the Family Harvest department needs help with. I’m more behind the scenes but I feel I’m supporting the community by being a part of an organization that does so much good for the less fortunate. I believe that in order for a community to thrive, all of its citizens should be supported. Some people just need a little help.

What inspires you to give?

I’m inspired to give because I’m an empathetic person. I have a big heart and I want to be of service to anybody that needs it. Having kindness and compassion for others is the only way I know how to be. I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my life but I will never forget where I came from and and how hard it was to get to where I am now. I’m in a position where I have the time to be of service to others. I’m always looking for ways to help others and give back to my community. I believe if you are able to help, it’s your duty to do so.

Why should people care about hunger in our community?

People should care because hunger and malnutrition are a health risk. Malnutrition can cause all kinds of mental and physical issues including death. We live in a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone. Basic nutrition is a human right. A thriving community is a community where all of its people are as healthy as possible and it all starts with nutrition.

Why do you support Second Harvest?

I support Second Harvest because I was once in the same position as our clients. I grew up a poor kid on welfare raised by a single mom (one of five kids). We were lucky enough to have food in the house but if it wasn’t for assistance we would have gone without. I believe in what Second Harvest does for people and I want to be a part of that in any way that I can.

***Meet more of our neighbors working to end hunger in our community.