Peter is a volunteer at Vermont Foodbank who works weekly in the warehouse sorting and packing food for neighbors facing hunger.

“Years ago, I ran into a quote by President Teddy Roosevelt… He said the greatest prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. And every time I come in here, I say to myself, This is absolutely work worth doing. I go home at the end of the day, and I’m dead-as-a-dog tired, and I gotta drive home, but I say to myself, What a great day, I’m glad I came… So that’s how 1,000 shifts goes by, I guess.”

Peter enjoys putting together food boxes for older adults at the Foodbank’s Barre warehouse. “Someday, many, many years from now, I’m going to be a senior citizen,” he chuckles, then grows serious. “And I hope somebody puts one of these boxes together for me.”

“I used to go out and meet the trucks that would deliver the boxes… The truck would pull in and there’d be 30 or 40 cars waiting there in line. You’d put the box in somebody’s backseat, and they would just have this look of relief on their face.”

“I tell the other volunteers that, and I say, ‘These boxes, it’s not just a box of cans. This is really important stuff, for whoever’s getting that box.’”

Once a week, on his way home, Peter delivers a carload of fresh produce from the Foodbank to the food shelf in his town.

“I think sometimes folks feel like there’s so many issues, there’s so many problems in the world that need solving, and everything’s complicated. But bringing a load of vegetables is not complicated. Bringing a [food box] to the trunk of somebody’s car, it’s not complicated.”

“As an organization, I think the Foodbank is obviously having a tremendous impact on a lot of peoples’ lives…Where would Vermont be if this organization wasn’t here? How different would so many people’s lives be? So, it’s good to be a part of it… This is clearly work worth doing.”

Keeping Vermont nourished is a big job that wouldn’t be possible without dedicated community members like you and Peter. Thanks for continuing to show up.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Vermont Foodbank.