September Volunteer Spotlight: Tracie Longman

Tracie Longman joined the Newton Food Pantry in 2006, when she was looking for ways to help our community after retiring from 20 years of practicing law in Boston. Initially, she spent her time as a “worker-bee,” lifting boxes and moving pallets, sorting donations, stocking shelves, and doing whatever then-President Jackie Colby needed help with to get the pantry ready for shopping hours. Tracie gradually took on more responsibility with the pantry, and in 2011, she and fellow volunteer Ron Perreault took over as co-Presidents from Jackie. Tracie retired as President this year, giving up the reins to VP Regina Wu.

During her eight-year tenure as President, Tracie oversaw the pantry as it grew from a small operation in the basement of Waban Library – with no sign, website, client database, financial plan, or planned inventory – to a well-run operation distributing a greater quantity and diversity of non-perishable and fresh foods to an ever-increasing number of Newton residents in a new location in the basement of City Hall. Tracie says her work at the NFP has given her the opportunity to “continue to hone my advocacy skills – this time not for business clients in court but to give voice to my silent neighbors experiencing the devastation of food insecurity.”

Now in her “second retirement,” Tracie looks forward to continuing to assist as needed at the pantry. In her spare time, she has two teenage kids who might not want, but still get, “mothering,” and she loves to read, play with her dog, travel and see the world with her husband, and work on other volunteer projects as time permits.

Thank you, Tracie, for everything that you have done for the pantry!