Volunteer Spotlight: Binnie Estrada

Binnie Estrada starting volunteering at the Newton Food Pantry about a dozen years ago, when she was looking for something else to do to supplement her volunteer work at the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop. She started by sorting and shelving food at the pantry, and then became the pantry’s main buyer for any supplemental…

Volunteer Spotlight: Manejah Terzi

Manejah Terzi started working for the pantry in September, 2016. After living in Newton for four years, she was looking to get more involved in the community and to help out in some way. She had heard of the Newton Food Pantry though word of mouth, so she reached out via the website, and then began…

Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Bender 

Bonnie Bender started volunteering for the Newton Food Pantry nine years ago after retiring as an elementary school guidance counselor. Looking for ways to continue to be “helpful and supportive,” she starting working for the Newton Free Library as an English tutor, than began helping at the pantry, first by assisting clients with their weekly shopping needs, then…

Volunteer Spotlight: Herb Plovnick

Herb Plovnick started volunteering at the Newton Food Pantry in 2014 after retiring from his job as an internist with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He helps with deliveries from the Greater Boston Food Bank on Monday mornings, with deliveries and set up for shopping on Wednesday mornings, and also helps with odd jobs such as assembling…

Did You Know?

The NFP has over a dozen inventory partners that we rely on in order to provide our clients with a broad array of fresh and non-perishable food, personal care products, and household cleaning supplies. The Greater Boston Food Bank, our largest partner, provided approximately 70% of our inventory in 2017 for free or at a reduced cost. We…

Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Tieszen

Lisa Tieszen began volunteering for the Newton Food Pantry 10-12 years ago, initially as part of a social outreach opportunity for her church, Grace Episcopal. Lisa works at the pantry on Saturdays, and particularly enjoys overseeing the welcoming and training of new volunteers. She says, “I am inspired to see the range of people who…

Volunteer Spotlight: Debby Horwitz

Debby Horwitz has been volunteering for the Newton Food Pantry since 2002. Debby taught in the Newton public school system for thirty years, primarily as a first grade teacher, while raising her three children. Once she retired from teaching and had more free time, she decided to volunteer for the pantry as a way of…

Thanks to longtime volunteer, Joe Schleifer

Joe Schleifer has been volunteering for the Newton Food Pantry for 14 years. He manages the sorting and boxing room on Wednesday mornings, and works on Wednesdays afternoons as well, handing out dairy products and refrigerated meals. Joe has lived in Newton for most of his life, and “likes reaching out to help others, especially Newton’s senior…

Volunteer Spotlight: Helen Jordan

Helen Jordan has been volunteering at the Newton Food Pantry since 2015. She serves as Wednesday morning Shift Coordinator, is in charge of picking up donated foods from Panera and Trader Joe’s each week, and also helps periodically with home delivery. Helen says she volunteers at the NFP because, “I have been blessed. I can’t bear people not…

Shout out to Volunteer Bon Koo

Bon Koo has been volunteering for the Newton Food Pantry for the past year, and he spent ten years at a food pantry on the South Shore before that. He is a certified food safety consultant. Bon’s primary job at the NFP is Signup Genius Coordinator, which means he coordinates the volunteer shifts. He also assists with home delivery when…