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 close to her home, and that “even in Newton, a town regarded as generally affluent, many families still struggle to pay for groceries.” She has enjoyed working with a strong-knit community of volunteers, and has found it rewarding to meet and converse with such kind and friendly clients. Her NFP work has also taught her “the importance of having compassion for others and for taking time to reflect on our own basic privileges.”

Clare enjoyed working on her school newspaper, and also likes to run, read, sew, and sketch in her spare time. Clare just graduated from Newton South High School and is now a Freshman at Princeton University, where she plans to study Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and participate on the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams. She was just named Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, so we’re pretty sure that Princeton will be thrilled to have her on its XC and track teams!

Way to go Clare! We are so thankful for everything you have done for the pantry and we wish you every success in your college career!