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December Volunteer Spotlight: Megan Russell

Megan Russell started volunteering for the NFP two years ago, and does a variety of jobs for the pantry. She is a Wednesday afternoon volunteer, sometimes serving as shift supervisor. She is in charge of tax receipts and thank you notes for both in-kind donations and cash donations over $250. Megan is also in charge of…

September Volunteer Spotlight: Jonathan Lilienfeld

Jonathan Lilienfeld started volunteering for the pantry shortly after he retired in 2009. He and fellow volunteer Paul Browne are in charge of placing the sizable Greater Boston Food Bank order and picking it up every two weeks from the food bank (see “Did You Know? below). He also fills the role of handyman at the pantry….

September Volunteer Spotlight: Hope Suttin

Hope Suttin has volunteered for the NFP for at least five years. She serves as a Late Shift Coordinator on Wednesdays, checking in clients and helping to manage the closing process at the end of the shift. She also restocks the shelves and helps clients shop. Hope got her start at the pantry when her temple, Temple Emanuel, organized…

June Volunteer Spotlight: Cameron Clarke

Cameron Clarke started volunteering at the pantry in the summer of 2016, initially helping with the pantry’s move from the Waban Library to the basement of Newton City Hall. Today, he oversees the sorting of donations, which involves checking expiration dates and stacking canned goods. He also assists with breaking down boxes and restocking shelves as…

June Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Mondell

Karen Mondell has worked for the pantry for 19-20 years. She started volunteering at the NFP when her temple, Beth Elohim in Wellesley, had an annual service day, and since she lived in Newton and had a friend who volunteered at the NFP, she went in to clean the shelves, and soon began volunteering on Saturdays….

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…