Second Harvest Releases Volunteer Impact Report and Unveils Volunteer Hall of Fame
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank held a volunteer appreciation event on April 12, and presented Volunteer of the Year awards to Kristine Lamont and David Mueller. Lamont and Mueller each received a four-day, three-night vacation prize from Collins Vacation Rentals on St. George Island.
Mueller, an avid food bank volunteer, has amassed more than 1,000 hours of service with Second Harvest. He is a leader with the team who handles date-checking, package integrity inspections, and boxing of donated food. During the last fiscal year, his team packed and distributed 241,685 pounds of food—enough to provide 201,404 meals for hungry people in the Big Bend.
Lamont, with almost 800 hours of volunteer service, is instrumental in crop planning and coordinating volunteer projects at Lott’s Community Garden in Monticello, which provided 15,595 pounds of fresh produce to benefit Second Harvest partner agencies last fiscal year (enough for almost 13,000 meals).
Second Harvest also announced a new volunteer appreciation program, recognizing volunteers at six service levels. Volunteers David Mueller and John Martin were inducted into the food bank’s Volunteer Hall of Fame at “Legacy” level, with more than 1,000 hours of service. Five volunteers (Wayne McDaniel, Rita Knight, Glenn Etheridge, Kristine Lamont and Nat Toulon) were inducted at “Pinnacle” level, with 500+ service hours. Seventeen additional volunteers reached “Leadership” level, with 200+ hours of food bank service.
“We wish to acknowledge, with sincere gratitude and deep appreciation, the many contributions our volunteers have made to Second Harvest,” said Shari Hubbard, Second Harvest Director of Community Relations. “Our ability to provide enough food to feed 55,000 food-insecure people each month relies heavily on volunteer support, and our volunteers are part of the Second Harvest family.”
In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, Second Harvest released a Volunteer Impact Report, which can be viewed here: Second Harvest Volunteer Impact Report.
Volunteer activities at Second Harvest include sorting, packing and distributing food; event support; gardening; office support and more. To join others in Tallahassee who have made a commitment to make a difference:
- Contact Second Harvest and participate in a volunteer session with your family and friends.
- Share your experience and the impact of your work on social media with @SecondHarvestofthebigbend and #FeedingAmerica.
About Second Harvest of the Big Bend
The mission of Second Harvest of the Big Bend is to feed the hungry in the Big Bend through a network of partner agencies, and to educate and engage the community in the fight against hunger. Second Harvest is on track to distribute enough food to its Big Bend partner agencies for 10 million meals this fiscal year. For more information, please visit www.FightingHunger.org.