MNFP: How did you first learn about the MNFP?
DW: I go to Bethlehem Lutheran Church and there are several people at church who volunteer here, Doris Young and Sandra Macklin. I needed and wanted a place to volunteer.
MNFP: Why did you want to volunteer at MNFP?
DW: I am not able to work because of a medical disability, so volunteering here gives me something to do. I know it sounds trite, but I want to give back to my community.
MNFP: How long have you been volunteering?
DW: I began volunteering here in the late summer of 2016.
MNFP: What was your first impression of MNFP?\
DW: Overwhelmed with the variety and amount of food. There is so much to do to get the pantry running smoothly. I was worried whether or not I could get it right by volunteering here.
MNFP: What has surprised you most about working with MNFP/ hunger/ food deserts?
DW: Don’t be deceived by the look. There is a huge variety of food options at MNFP thanks to community involvement like Whole Foods Market who gives so much to our weekly food amounts.
MNFP: When your friends/family find out that you are involved with MNFP, what do they say or ask?
DW: Overall people are very positive. I like MNFP because I came from a church where giving back to the community was a goal, but the church and its congregation did not know how best to serve and reach people.
MNFP: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
DW: I was a certified Dive Master, attended flight school, performed maintenance and repairs for large aircrafts, and was a stockbroker.
MNFP: What is the best thing about volunteering at the MNFP?\
DW: I enjoy making a connection with someone who needs help. I am in the same boat as many of our pantry guests.
MNFP: What do you do in your free time?
DW: Volunteer and take 2 young daughters to the playground. I like to do most any activity out of doors, like riding a bike and taking a walk.
MNFP: If you weren’t volunteering, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?
DW: Life would not be as full because I would be sitting at home not doing as much.