Food bank celebrates volunteers for helping to feed more than 36,000 people in 2014

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Bronze pin achievers. (Special to the Independent/ Apache Junction Food Bank)

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Silver pin achievers. (Special to the Independent/ Apache Junction Food Bank)

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Student volunteer Brandon Colling, who received a gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award and was named student volunteer of the year. (Special to the Independent/ Apache Junction Food Bank)

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Phil Whalen II, named the food bank’s 2014 volunteer of the year. (Special to the Independent/Apache Junction Food Bank)









The Apache Junction Reachout Food Bank honored more than 40 volunteers last month during its annual appreciation event, held at The Views at Superstition in Gold Canyon.

Phil Whalen II was named the food bank’s volunteer of the year. Additional awards included: top volunteer family, the Lee family; top team leaders, Robyn Malgieri and Corky Reed; top new volunteer, Linda McAteer; volunteer spirit, Kaleb Krumwied; and volunteer student of the year, Brandon Colling.

Jack Malgieri, operations and facilities chair, received the board member of year award, and Gerry Hundt, past president, received an honorary plaque recognizing his outstanding leadership over the past two years.

Additionally, 41 volunteers qualified for the President’s National Volunteer Service Award administered by Points of Light, according to the release. Each one received a personalized certificate, a congratulatory letter signed by the president of the U.S. and a bronze, silver or gold pin based on their total hours of service.

Jacqueline George and Brandon Colling received a gold pin. Jo Taylor, Robert Cross, Robyn Malgieri, Jack Malgieri, Norm Ross, Maxine Roy, Samantha Lee, Nicholas Lee and Mr. Whalen received a silver pin.

The following volunteers received a bronze pin: Alex Baer, Amy Combs, Ann Witte, Athena Carver, Barbara Murphy, Betty Bowes, Carol Hisdahl, Corky Reed, Don Baer, Dorothy Whitney, Flora Hulette, Gerry Flugel, Greg Joens, Helynn Wilson, Hyo Lee, Janice Boulden, Jasmin Logan, Jim Jagem, John Herr, Judy Robles, Judy Stanley, Kaleb Krumwied, Linda McAteer, Mike Menager,Myra Lillie, Nick Carter, Pat Wagaman, Sherry Menager, Sue DeLabio and Tom Fisher.

Apache Junction Food Bank President Joan Clair applauded the volunteers for helping the food bank meet a 30 percent increase in demand last year by distributing more than 12,000 food boxes to feed more than 36,000 people.

“Our volunteers moved 1.5 million pounds of food through our operation, a feat especially amazing when you consider that we have only one full-time paid employee. Our volunteers make everything happen,” Ms. Clair said in the release.

Guests were treated to a fiesta brunch, catered by Los Gringos Locos of Apache Junction, followed by the presentation of awards and citations honoring the outstanding volunteers.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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