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 later focusing on home deliveries. Bonnie appreciates the relationships that she has developed with her home delivery clients over the years saying, “It’s not just about delivering food but connecting and sharing experiences with them that is important as well. Being able to give back is a real priority and being able to provide the basics, language and food is extremely rewarding to me.” Bonnie has also volunteered for years at the garden/park and traffic island in her neighborhood. 

Bonnie has a passion for travel, and feels extremely fortunate to have shared some amazing trips with her son and daughter to Thailand, Cambodia, Peru, Europe, and throughout the United States. Her next trip is to Oaxaca, Mexico during the holidays. Bonnie also enjoys knitting, and participated in the Newton Knitting Bomb this past spring, completing a piece to cover a piano. She also recently took up the ukulele and is having a lot of fun with it!

Thank you, Bonnie, for everything you have done for the pantry throughout the years!