“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: Karen Martinez, Parent Center Manager at Alpha Public Schools

Karen Martinez personally spearheaded the partnership between Alpha Public Schools and Second Harvest Food Bank to bring much needed food resources to the school’s families and its neighbors.  She oversees every monthly food distribution for nearly 300 families.

Tometrius Paxton, Second Harvest Food Bank Partnership Manager said this about Karen: “She brings a kind heart and fierce fight in making sure underserved families and communities are connected with the food they need.  Karen’s ability to bring together parents, staff, community members, and students is an inspiration that should motivate everyone!”

What inspires you to give?

I’m inspired to give because I have a heart to serve my community.  When I’m able to fill such a basic need, it opens the doors to not only feed the tummy but mend hearts.

Why should people care about hunger in our community?

We should care about hunger in our community because when one is hungry focusing on anything else is almost impossible.

Why do you support Second Harvest?

Because the Second Harvest does more than feed families.  It gives hope to individuals and families who might have never felt a warm hug. I feel so fortunate to be able to give by feeding our neighbors that need help.

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