Volunteers are the backbone of Hope Food Pantry Austin (Hope). They make the organization possible in providing both the service and the energy it takes to run the pantry. They provide skills, experiences, and people power for Hope’s mission of sustaining, strengthening, and educating disadvantaged families in the Austin area.
Thank you Trinity UMC, for sharing 26 phenomenal members who give their time, energy, and support to Hope. Trinity volunteers have been vital to Hope’s mission. Jane Wise, Joanne Holladay, Mary Lett, Jerri Morales, John Henrickson, and Rosayn Curry are current members of the Hope Advisory Board, a group who guides Hope towards reaching out and helping our neighbors and helps promote and educate the community. Dianne King, Susie Tacchi, Kathy Weiler, Laura McMorris, Donna Henrickson, Susan Harnden, LeeAnn Tacchi, Abby Morales, and Leslie Holladay, have all given many hours of their spare time to ensure clients receive their groceries by opening and packing grocery bags. Behind the scenes are more spectacular volunteers. Daniel Brookshire, Gary Johnson, and Don Hill use their own vehicles to deliver boxes of food from the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to the pantry. Tish Smith, Cari Anderson, and Laura McMorris sort and stock the shelves on a regular basis. Mark Lett has made many trips to CAFB to return boxes. Kyle Swihart has played many roles in the history of the pantry but now ensures the delivery of the Starbuck pastries. Mark Weiler, George Blanchard, Jeff Townsend, and Troy Jakobeit pick up bread from Whole Foods so that each client carries home a loaf of bread. Thanks to these outstanding volunteers and Trinity UMC, Hope is able to sustain its momentum and outreach.
Thank you to all the volunteers who give their time to Hope and a big thank you to the Trinity UMC congregation for following their lead.
Stephanie Humphreys, Hope Food Pantry Austin