Share Welcomes Becci Read-Ryan as New Hunger Response Assistant Director
Becci shares her enthusiasm for her job and how our Backpack Program and Fresh Food Pantries are truly making a difference in the community:
I have a passion for providing nutrition education and food access to underserved populations. My job has been challenging and incredibly rewarding since I started in August. The first two weeks on the job, I organized an emergency mobile pantry for Evergreen and Vancouver school districts to fill the need for food while schools were unexpectedly closed.
After that, I dove headfirst into making connections with schools and figuring out how the Backpack Program and Fresh Food Pantries worked. It’s amazing how a simple bag of food positively impacts students’ and families’ ability to function and reduces stress in their life because now they have food they can count on. They know that they will get food on Fridays, and they don’t have to worry about not having anything to feed their children over the weekend. I am excited to continue growing these programs, and hope that I can provide nutritious food to low-income families throughout Clark County in a way that is accessible for them.
One of our fabulous Family & Community Resource Counselors, Jennifer Beeks, recently shared two heart-warming stories from Orchards Elementary School:
Josefina is so thankful for the food support she receives as a participating family in our Backpack Program. Her family of six truly appreciates the additional meals to help extend their family food budget. In fact, the kids love the macaroni and cheese so much that they all wanted to have a picture taken with it. Josefina shared, “I am so grateful for this program and know that without it my kids would not have as much nutritious food to eat.” Click the link below to learn more about our Fresh Food Pantries.
Download a PDF version of the Holiday 2018 Edition of ‘Sharing Lives’ to read all the stories from this quarter.