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…

Three Cheers for Marilyn Broyles!

Marilyn Broyles has volunteered for the Newton Food Pantry for the past few years. Shift supervisor Jeff Zabel calls Marilyn the pantry’s “go-to person on many issues regarding Wednesday closing” and says that she often helps by taking inventory on low-stocked items. She also put together the pantry’s beautiful new signs (seen here). This signage helps…

A Special Salute to Emma Wu

This month we celebrate the young adults who assist at the pantry on Wednesday mornings as part of our long-term affiliation with the Community Connections program, a Newton Public Schools program that provides opportunities for young adults with disabilities to develop independence, as well as vocational and life skills. Emma Wu has been volunteering at…

A Special Salute to Jack Casey

This month we celebrate the young adults who assist at the pantry on Wednesday mornings as part of our long-term affiliation with the Community Connections program, a Newton Public Schools program that provides opportunities for young adults with disabilities to develop independence, as well as vocational and life skills.  Jack Casey has worked for the pantry since 2016. Since…

The Newton Food Pantry Gives a Big Shout out to Nick Fabrizio

Volunteer Spotlight: Nick Fabrizio Nick Fabrizio started volunteering at the Newton Food Pantry when he was 14 years old, and soon discovered that he found the work very rewarding. His primary responsibility has been working on Wednesday mornings, unpacking boxes of food, stocking shelves, and loading and unloading the delivery trucks. According to board member…

Newton Food Pantry Proudly Spotlights Volunteer Clare Martin

Volunteer Spotlight: Clare Martin Clare Martin started volunteering at the Newton Food Pantry two years ago, working on Wednesdays and Saturdays as her schedule allowed. Her main duties have been helping clients with their monthly shopping, as well as cleaning up and re-stocking shelves. Clare was motivated to volunteer when she realized that the pantry was…