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Every month, more than 6,800 volunteers help sort food and perform other tasks at both our Kansas City and Topeka facilities. If Harvesters didn’t have all of these wonderful volunteers, the organization would have to hire 93 additional employees! The Circle of Hope award recognizes our volunteers -- an individual, a family, and groups who have given exceptional time and talent to the fight against hunger.
Joan Brown, Lee’s Summit, Mo., was presented the Individual Volunteer Excellence award. Brown was already supporting Harvesters and engaging with poverty issues for several years when she joined Harvesters’ Ambassador Program in 2011. When she retired, Brown deepened her involvement with Harvesters, particularly on special projects like Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 study. In 2014, Brown put her Toastmaster skills to use by becoming a trained Lunch Challenge facilitator. And, in January 2015, she spent many hours helping us plan and implement our inaugural Youth Engagement workshops. Here's her story.
Mark and Mary Lippe, Independence, Mo., were presented the Family Volunteer Excellence award. The Lippes were among the first volunteers to sign up to work with the frozen food donated to Harvesters. In addition to helping with frozen food, they are involved with off-site events such as Stamp Out Hunger and Check Out Hunger. In addition to volunteering, Mary is a Harvesters’ advocate. She often takes information about food drive needs and volunteer opportunities to work. Here's their story.
Two groups also received a Volunteer Excellence award recognizing them for their exceptional time and talent in the fight against hunger. Fellowship Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan., has had a significant impact on Harvesters' mission to feed the hungry through their long-term commitment to service and the Love Topeka program. Love Topeka kicked off their service with Harvesters in April 2012 and was one of the first groups to serve at the Topeka facility's Volunteer Engagement Center. Over the years, Love Topeka has served more than 2,236 volunteer hours helping with projects ranging from packing BackSnack and Senior Commodities to boxing bread and bagging produce. Here's their story.
Since October 2010, Serve Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Mo has helped with sorting and repackaging food, distributing food at mobile food pantries, collecting food at the Renaissance Festival and Sun Fresh’s Operation Bread Basket, and folding bags for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Since March 2012, that volunteer commitment also has included sorting and repacking food in Harvesters’ Volunteer Engagement Center twice a month. To date, Serve Kansas City has recruited 1,715 volunteers who have contributed 3,620 volunteer hours through 153 volunteer events at Harvesters. Here's their story.
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