18 Year Volunteer Helps Feed Stomachs And Spirits - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

18-Year Volunteer Helps Feed Stomachs And Spirits

SPOKANE, Wash. - One person's contribution can make a big difference when feeding the hungry.

Carolyn Wilson is one those people.

When she moved to Spokane, Wilson was looking to meet new people. After some thought, she and her husband signed up to help at Second Harvest Food Bank.

That was 18 years ago.

Today, she still volunteers one day a week at Second Harvest with several others from her church.

"We can do things to help others since we're retired and we've got time on our hands," Wilson said.

Wilson works behind the scenes at the food bank, setting out to complete new tasks each week including separating thousands of pounds of groceries and packing dozens of boxes.

This week, she filled food boxes for seniors filled with grains, fruit and veggies and protein. The box started with Wilson and worked its way down the assembly line until it was chock full of food.

Wilson never meets the families the groceries eventually feed but she said her work has been among her most rewarding, since she's helping people who really need it. Second Harvest serves 40,000 people in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho every month. The staff at Second Harvest said volunteers are invaluable since, this year alone, they'll help sort 8 million pounds of produce.

"Well, it's a blessing to bless others and that's the bottom line," she said. "I think to know that you're helping others and we have needy people and they're not any different than us, they're just in hard times."

It's clear, the long-time volunteer gets as much out of her work as she puts in it.

"It enriches your spirit."

At 70 years old, Carolyn says she has plenty of years of volunteering ahead of her.

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