Volunteers recognized by Food for KidsBy Darren Lum
Published July 31, 2018
Close to a 20-year combined commitment by Marianne Greber and Donna Hudson was recognized by the not-for-profit organization Food for Kids Haliburton County at their past luncheon.
Both served as co-ordinators for their respective schools, juggling their teams and the needs of students, which included shopping for food and serving healthy and nutritious food.
They will be stepping away from their roles and were recognized with a certificate of appreciation and a bouquet of flowers at the Food for Kids Luncheon on June 27 at the Bonnie View Inn in Haliburton.
Aaron Walker, Food for Kids co-ordinator, said Greber and Hudson are inspirational and deserve attention.
“Their contribution to our community and to the kids of Haliburton is vastly important to recognize what they’ve done and as an example for others to aspire to and it’s a testament to their dedication and commitment to the kids of Haliburton. That’s ultimately who they’re doing it for,” he said.
Founded in 2000, Food for Kids is a student nutrition program delivered at seven public schools in Haliburton County during the school year. More than 1,000 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 12 are given access to nutritious and healthy snacks and meals.
Walker said Greber is a resident of Miskwabi, who has spent the past 11 years as the co-ordinator for the program at Stuart Baker Elementary School.
The grandmother is an active member of the community and is moving on, he said, since her grandchild will be attending JDHES this autumn.
“She has been the backbone for Stuart Baker for a very long time and when there is not enough volunteers she’s always stepped up and filled in the blanks,” he said.
She not only brought in volunteers from her social network over the years, but secured her replacement for this coming autumn.
Donna Hudson has volunteered for eight years at Archie Stouffer Elementary School.
Walker said Hudson’s time coincided with her children attending the school. With close to 400 students at ASES, shopping for the school is “no small task.” He said she often had to shop up to three days a week to ensure there was enough food.
“She’s been part of the entire spirit of Archie Stouffer and the community ... all of the kids have gotten to know her and all the volunteers very well over close to a decade. She’s just a huge part of their day. Absolutely,” he said.
Walker said a replacement hasn’t been chosen for her. He welcomes any queries from potential candidates. This could be anyone with two or three mornings to give each week who is willing to shop for the program.
Walker said it’s important to recognize and highlight the departing volunteers like Greber and Hudson.
He also appreciates the efforts of the 50 volunteers who continue to serve the community and the students.
“A huge thank you to all the volunteers who get up every morning to ensure the school kids in Haliburton get a nutritious meal. It’s not always the easiest thing to do [all] year long and to give up part of your day to come on out regardless of the weather. Once again, it’s a tribute to the amazing community Haliburton [County] has on so many levels,” he said.
Walker reminds the public that schools in Highlands East could use more volunteers since Haliburton and Minden receive the greatest interest. All it takes is one day a week from 8 to 9 a.m.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org), or when the school year begins contact them directly to initiate the process of becoming a volunteer.