Each month, a volunteer at SFBFS is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month’s volunteer spotlight is:
Linda Von Schoech - March 2014
After going on a tour with her grandson's Boy Scout troupe, Linda Von Schoech knew she wanted to become a volunteer with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). A few months ago at volunteer orientation, Linda learned about our Demonstration Garden and knew right away would be her place to serve.
Linda, a 57-year-old Department of Food and Agriculture retiree, has always believed in fighting hunger and helping seniors. "I have a brother-in-law who grew up hungry, who went to bed hungry so many times that, to this day, he always eats something before going to bed. My family was fortunate enough growing up that we always had food, but I have friends who went hungry and really bothered me."
For three hours every Monday, Linda can be found working in SFBFS' Demonstration Garden watering, fertilizing, transplanting, harvesting and removing pests from the seasonal produce. A long-time fan of gardening, Linda loves tending to her own floral garden but never grew vegetables before. The past two months of volunteering in the Demonstration Garden motivated her to do more. "I find it relaxing," she says, "to work in the garden and to be outside. It's a great opportunity to do something I enjoy while supporting a cause that I love. Sometimes I go home a bit sore but in general, I find it very enjoyable."
Mondays aren't the only day Linda spends time giving back to her community. Aside from volunteering with SFBFS and Meals on Wheels, Linda is a longstanding volunteer at her church, Sacramento Dream Center, where they serve hot meals to the homeless every fourth Saturday. From humble beginnings, not unlike those of SFBFS, Linda says it feels wonderful to be part of a small church capable of big change. "You know, I grew up poor," she explains. "But I have been fortunate. I went to school and I got a job. Now that I'm retired I want to give back. Because there is a need and because I can."
SFBFS staff describe Linda as easygoing, reliable and always willing to help. "We are growing and harvesting so much produce on a weekly basis," says Garden Assistant, Kate Wilkins. "We rely on volunteers like Linda to maintain a normal plant and harvest schedule."
As the Demonstration Garden begins to transition from spring to summer crops, volunteers are needed to help design, plant and tend to the garden. SFBFS is also always looking for volunteers to help expand and maintain the Seed and Resource Library. Anyone in the community can check out seeds from the library to plant at home, as well as gardening and health books for people who don't know where to begin.
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