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Volunteer Profile: Meet John

March 27th, 2021Volunteers

People volunteer for a variety of reasons; they could be motivated by the cause or simply have some spare time to share. But one thing our volunteers have in common is they are hard-workingdependable and dedicated to helping neighbors in need.  

Every week about 70 people volunteer at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank), helping in a variety of ways, such as building hampers, sorting perishable and non-perishable food donations, accepting donations from the community and more. 

We recently chatted with John, who has been volunteering since May 2018, about his experience at The Food Bank and why it is important to him.


The Food Bank: What motivated you to volunteer with The Food Bank?

John: I live nearby and thought this would be a good place to start my volunteering.

The Food Bank: What was your first impression of The Food Bank?

John: How friendly and welcoming everyone is.

The Food Bank: What do you find most rewarding about volunteering at The Food Bank?

John: Working with the staff here is great.

The Food Bank: Why do you volunteer at The Food Bank?

John: It’s easy to get here.

The Food Bank: What do you feel makes this volunteer experience a meaningful use of your time?

John: It’s motivating but I don’t feel pressured when I’m here, while benefitting the community.

The Food Bank: What would you say is the biggest personal benefit to you as a volunteer?

John: It’s like going to the gym! I move about 7,000 pounds in a day, or about 50 cases (of non-perishable food into inventory) in half an hour.  

The Food Bank: What is your favorite part about volunteering at The Food Bank?

John: It’s a clean and tidy atmosphere where I can listen to music while I work. 

The Food Bank: What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at The Food Bank?

John: It’s a great place to be! 

The Food Bank: Tell me a bit about how you spend your time when you aren’t volunteering?

John: I enjoy playing pool and photography. 

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