Volunteer Spotlight

Mimi Melegrito – Volunteer Spotlight

Interview conducted in 2017 by Bruce Estes. Mimi Melegito has been collecting food donations for Friendship Donations Network since its earliest days. Like many of the pioneering volunteers who started in the 1980s, Mimi got recruited by FDN founder Sara Pines to help with her food donation plans. The two had meet at an Ithaca […]

Carol Ann Brust – Volunteer Spotlight

Interview conducted in 2016 by Bruce Estes. Carol Ann Brust recalls having her interest sparked in FDN about six years ago when Judy Dietz described what the organization did to provide needy people with nutritious food that might otherwise be discarded. Judy was then president of the FDN and a whirlwind of energy who invested […]

Paul van Leuken – Volunteer Spotlight

Interview conducted in 2016 by Bruce Estes. On most Thursday mornings you’ll find Paul van Leuken, 75, of Cayuga Heights, loading his Volvo station wagon with food donations from the two Ithaca-area Tops Food Markets and the P&C Fresh at East Hill Plaza. He’s one of about 50 volunteers who donate a few hours each […]

Kathy Simons – Volunteer Spotlight

Interview conducted in 2015 by Ivy Miller.  “Nobody should go to bed hungry. That’s always been my philosophy.” How did you get started with FDN? I started volunteering with FDN in 2012 after responding to an ad seeking volunteers. Art interviewed me and asked how much time I had available, and what kinds of things […]

Gary and Helen Hurlbutt – Volunteer Spotlight

Interview conducted in 2015 by Ivy Miller. Local Couple Follows Their Passion of Fighting Hunger Within Community How many years has it been since you started volunteering with FDN? Gary: Five. We started off just picking up food for the pantry for Reach Out for Christ Church (in Freeville, NY). Picking up food from the […]