“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff.

Special Blog Post featuring Lynn Crawford, Agency Office Volunteer, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank.

My name is Lynn Crawford and I’ve been volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank for over six years.

I volunteer in the agency office. Second Harvest has hundreds of so-named partner agencies. The partner agencies run their own places and they do the handing out of a lot of the food to the folks who need it.

So, at the Curtner location we have the agency office. The people who run partner agencies can order food from the Food Bank online and those orders are prepped at night and ready for them to pick up as scheduled. I sort those orders out and handle the paperwork for them.

The other thing the agencies can do while they’re here is visit our “shopping area,” which is loaded with assorted items. It’s all free, of course. When they’re finished “shopping” they give me a weight and list of what they took and I prepare their order in our database with that information and handle that paperwork. I get them to sign off on how much they took.  So, that’s basically what I do here, three days a week. I also handle donations as they come in, when I can.

I like volunteering. It matches my value system. The Food Bank matches my values. I particularly like Grocery Rescue. I think that’s a great program. I hate to see that stuff just taken to the garbage, because there’s so much good food. I mean, you know a package of cereal where the outside package is torn, but the inside isn’t, you know, there’s no reason to throw that away. People need that food. So, I like that program. For a length of time I worked in the sorting of that stuff. For an old guy, it got to be too much, so I moved into the office.

Finally, let me say, if you’ve ever wondered about volunteering at Second Harvest, you should definitely give it strong consideration. I love it.

***If you would like to volunteer at Second Harvest, visit SHFB.org/volunteer.