Volunteers help run the Harry Chapin Food Bank

Reporter: Chris Cifatte
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There are two things that keep the Harry Chapin Food Bank running smoothly: cash and its volunteers.

At least that’s what volunteer Fritz Gloege says.

All of the volunteers like Gloege help sort and stack the food that will be provided to those in need in the community.

Drivers like Ken Johnson help to deliver it.

“A lady came through late,” Johnson said. “The other driver brought her over a bouquet of flowers. And while I’m taking down her information I looked up and she had tears coming down both sides of her face. She said, ‘You have no idea how much I needed this today.'”

Everybody can make a difference, Gloege said.

The difference the volunteers make adds up to $2.2 million in donated services to the food bank in 2021.

That allows the Harry Chapin Food Bank to spend 96 cents of every donated dollar on buying food.

Fritz said he recently spoke to a man who used to donate money but now he donates his time,

Individually and together, the volunteers make an impact in the vast warehouse of carefully cataloged and stored generosity.

“It really makes me feel good about my job,” said one volunteer.

WINK News is urging the community to donate what they can to the Harry Chapin Food Bank on their annual March to a Million Meals.

To donate, click here.

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