January 25, 2017 Diane Gardner

Musings at the end of week 3…

As someone new to food banking, the past three weeks have been a wonderful immersion for me into a world that our Partner Agencies so amazingly navigate every day!

In a short amount of time, I have had the privilege to see the work at East Valley Resource Center handing out fresh produce (just HOW do you cook an acorn squash?) to the smiles at the Help Yourself Co-Op on Fridays. I have witnessed the talented UFB drivers who move pallet after pallet of food in and out of small spaces and even in a heavy downpour of rain!

From Feeding America, Hungernet.org and UFB staff, I am absorbing the processes and requirements so I can help make it easy for new agencies and help streamline the paperwork that you do. Building a more robust Agency Resources website with the resources you need is part of that goal.

I, like you, see numbers that tug at your heart: 20% of the state is living in poverty….1 in 4 of our children struggling with hunger.  Then I see numbers like 26 million pounds of food distributed last year – by YOU – our amazing partners.

I am so excited to have joined this team. If you have questions, I am to here to find the answers for you. Thank you for all that you do!