Letters to the Editor

Letter: Consider volunteering at food bank

Seven years ago, our vegetable garden produced a bumper crop, too much for our family to consume. My wife advised me to donate the extra vegetables to The Crisis Center of Johnson County.

I arrived just before noon on one of those beastly hot and humid Iowa summer days. There was a line of clients waiting for the doors to open. I’m ashamed to tell you, despite living here more than 30 years, I was shocked so many in our county have food insecurity concerns. Our vegetables were received with open arms and I had a chance to glimpse the activity inside. I vowed to volunteer there after I retired from the University of Iowa.

After completing training, I started in 2010. It’s the major highlight of my week and is extremely satisfying to give back to the community that’s been so good to me since moving here in 1979. It’s a real joy to volunteer at The Crisis Center. Often I serve as greeter, calling clients back into the pantry where they can shop. During my three-hour shift, 80-100 families will be served. I get to know wonderful clients. They come from all walks of life and have differing immediate needs and concerns. Some, like me, are immigrants to the United States.

The food bank is currently recruiting new volunteers. There’s something for everyone to do. If you’re seeking a volunteer activity, I heartily recommend that you consider joining the team at The Crisis Center.

Jonathan Poulton

Iowa City

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

CONTINUE READING

MORE Letters to the Editor ARTICLES TO READ NEXT ...

A recent letter suggested that firearms should be regulated like vehicles ('Firearms should be treated like vehicles,' April 12). Great idea! How about we do the same with freedom of speech and freedom of religion? After all, if w ...

I retired from the Air Force as a firefighter after 23 years of service and I don't think a Veterans Administration-type system of health care should be extended to all Americans. If we make government-run health care available to ...

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.