The Food Bank recently launched a new volunteer project at its Thomas Jefferson Area branch in Charlottesville. Close to 60 enthusiastic volunteers rolled up their sleeves and packed more than 2,400 Senior Food boxes! After months of planning and preparation to move the packing project to its new home, many hands came together to help seniors in need.

“The phrase ‘It takes a village’ held significant meaning for me during this process,” said Jennifer Clark Robertson, volunteer and food drive manager. “I watched Food Bank staff and volunteers come together to make this first-time experience meaningful.”

Many of the volunteers promised to come back and help again, which was music to the ears of Colleen Berger, one of our newest team members in the role of volunteer and food drive coordinator for the Thomas Jefferson Area branch.

“The volunteers and staff had a great time, and many have signed up for future packing shifts,” Colleen said. “I’m excited to work with future volunteers and groups that could help us with such a large, vital project that directly supports the fight against hunger.”

Jennifer added, “I am so very grateful for volunteers who choose to invest time and energy with us. I’m also thankful for the good they do for so many others in our communities.”