Season of Hope

Nov 8, 2012 9:00 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Foodbank volunteers say they're happy to give up free time to help community

Volunteer Jan Cutler's voice is the first one you'll hear when you walk into the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

She can be heard, picking up phone calls at the front desk, saying, "Hi, this is Jan Cutler, calling from the Foodbank."

She's the first face you'll see, and she said she's the one who will direct you to the right resource. Cutler said she especially loves spending her free time helping out at the Foodbank.

"There are other groups and they all do godo work, but to me, addressing the needs of the community in regards to food and nutrition is an important thing," said Cutler.

Cutler is like the brain of operations at it's Santa Maria location, and she doesn't receive a dime for it.

She said, "I've always volunteered for community organizations, and this one in particular is so important because we're feeding the community."

Volunteer efforts at the Foodbank go even beyond the lobby. Volunteer Martha Hight has given her time every Friday for the past six years.

Hight said she volunteers because she wants to, "Feel part of the community, and to give to the community that was going to be my new home."

She's in charge of salvaging the outside of snack boxes that are damaged, but the inner contents are completely untouched and still edible.

"We clean the boxes, we repair the boxes," said Hight.

But, the enjoyment is all hers, said Hight. As it is for the 700+ volunteers that donate countless hours to the Foodbank.

Cutler ended, "I'm hoping that the families that benefit from that, it makes their holiday better, it's the season of cheer."

And a definite season of giving.

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