Foodlink relies on thousands of volunteers to help collect and sort food that is then handed out to various food pantries and shelves in the community.
One volunteer, Tom Torrance, is always willing to lend a hand when Foodlink needs one.
“Just helping out a great organization, I think, that’s the main thing,” Torrance said. “Christmas is a special time of year for me and my family, and I just felt compelled to do it, and now this is what I do.”
For the past five years, he has volunteered at News 8’s Food for Families food drive, along with several other Foodlink events.
“I just think people should help people and I get great joy in doing it,” he said. “Which is why I come every year.”
Aside from the events, he’s also working to keep both workers at Foodlink and volunteers safe, by installing first aid kits at the Foodlink kitchen and inside the Mt. Read warehouse.
“If they have a minor cut or abrasion, making sure they have the proper stuff to clean it up and seal it up,” said Torrance.
Torrance is one of more than 15,000 volunteers that Foodlink depends on each year. He says that he gets just as much out of it as he puts in, and hopes more people will think about making time to give back.
“Anybody, any age,” he said. Just get out, get involved, and make a difference.”
A difference felt by many hungry families in the community.