Nineteen years ago, I stepped into a food bank for the very first time. When asked why I was there, I replied that I wasn't there to feed hungry people. I said I was there to work hard, and if hungry people benefited, then it would be a job well done. The interviewer replied, "Good."
I still embrace the idea of working hard, but I would no longer answer the question in the same way. I have come to believe that it is a privilege to help people in need. I believe that in many ways we owe a debt of gratitude to many of the people who turn to us for help, as they are the people who care for our children, tend to our homes, serve us meals, work our land, and help our parents age with dignity.
Finally, there is one belief that I hold above all others - People are in need for one of two reasons, decisions they have made or circumstances beyond their control. In either case, hunger cannot be the price they pay.
I love being a part of an organization that touches so many lives in our community. As a former teacher, I am especially proud of how the REFB creates programs to provide low-income children with the nutritional foundation they need to grow up healthy and to learn and excel in school.
Chief Operating Officer
I have always enjoyed working with food. Sourcing available food and distributing it where it is most needed makes for a very satisfying career.
It is a privilege to be in a position to offer help to people in need; and, it is also a great opportunity to find satisfaction and fulfillment. This job is one of the most challenging and creative jobs I've encountered in a long and varied work life. The bottom line is this - I love to eat and I love to feed people. It's a perfect fit for me.
Director of Programs