“I’m grateful for all the places that are out there for people. If it wasn’t for them, people would be going without.”
According to Tina Osso, executive director of Shared Harvest Foodbank, it’s not at all unusual for people who have been served by food pantries to come back and volunteer their time as a way to repay.
“We have had many people in the warehouse who were once clients,” she said. “Some of our most enthusiastic donors are people who have been helped through a hard time by getting food from one of the pantries we serve.”
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Traci first came to The New Path, however, in 2010 because of its CAR Ministry, designed to help people with transportation needs.
“You had to go to so many classes and had to do some community service, helping in the office or in the food pantry,” Traci said. “So I got my hours in and was able to get a car. It was a little Saturn. I had it four years. I loved it.”
Earlier this year, unable to work because knee issues for which she is now recovering from surgery, she decided to give back to The New Path by volunteering in the office. She helps with data entry and other chores, and enjoyed helping gather door prizes for a fundraiser.
“I’m grateful to be here and I’m thankful this place is here,” Traci said, “not just for me when I need it, but for other people. I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to be there and work for them in the office and help me recover.”
HOW TO DONATE
MAIL your contribution to: Shared Harvest Foodbank/CFR, 5901 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014