Second Harvest’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was held Friday, March 30th at the Watsonville Elks Club. This annual event gives us a chance to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our many volunteers and it’s something we look forward to it every year.
After Willy Elliott-McCrea welcomed and thanked the attendees for their invaluable contributions to the community, several staff members from the food bank talked about the accomplishments of the fourteen different groups represented at the event.
On average, we have 15-20 volunteers at the food bank every day and many others working out in the community. In a typical year, approximately 55,000 hours volunteer hours are donated to Second Harvest. To date, we have had an incredible 40,000 hours donated.
Volunteers help us do everything from sorting donated food and packing USDA bags, to tabling events and holding food drives. They advocate and teach, manage food distributions, provide administrative assistance, and serve on our board. They are the reason we have been able to grow successful programs such as Passion For Produce and Food For Children.
Last week, a group of volunteers from Target packed 1,800 USDA bags, which equals 18,000 pounds of food!
Our volunteers enable us to reach and help more people than we could ever do on our own. We are truly thankful for their energy and enthusiasm. They are making their communities stronger and healthier and inspire us every day.