Apache Junction Food Bank praises its volunteers

The Apache Junction Food Bank hosted a luncheon to honor its many volunteers. (Submitted photo)

The Apache Junction Food Bank’s annual Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition event treated volunteers of the food bank and the Genesis Project to a western-themed luncheon.

One hundred thirty six volunteers and guests moseyed on over to the Multi-Generational Center Saturday, March 16, for lunch and recognition of their contributions, according to a press release.

During the luncheon, Myra Garcia, executive director at the AJFB, said volunteers are essential to the food bank, 575 N. Idaho Road.

“Volunteers contribute daily to all areas from program facilitation to events, marketing, communications and office administration,” she said. “We believe that volunteers are the strength behind us and the Genesis Project. They are vital to the work we do daily.”

AJFB volunteers are a mix of winter visitors, active retirees, members from other service organizations, church groups and other local groups, a release states.

As of December 2018, 1,292 food bank volunteers donated 15,000 hours to receive, sort, pack and move more than a million pounds of food through the food bank to its recipients.

Top AJFB volunteers also received the President’s Volunteer Service Silver Award.

Those volunteers include Nicki Krafft (donating 424 hours) and Robyn Malgieri (donating 400 hours); to Nicki Krafft and Dave Stelzner (jointly donating 760 hours), Jack and Robyn Malgieri (jointly donating 690 hours), and Diane and Gale Pence (jointly donating 530 hours).

Special recognition went to Georga Humphreys (donating 550 hours) and Sharon Allison-Brown (donating 345 hours) as board member volunteers. Ms. Humphreys received the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award and Ms. Allison-Brown received the Silver Award.

On behalf of the AJFB and the Genesis Project, Ms. Garcia thanked everyone who made the luncheon a success.

“We are always looking for additional motivated volunteers. Do you have a specific skill set that can help the food bank? Do you have some extra time to volunteer during the summer months? If you are looking for a way to give back to your community while also having fun, please come check us out.”

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