During the spring of 2017, Devon Jennings worked her first volunteer shift at our Hunger Relief Center — and she was hooked. She’s logged more than 200 hours since!
Devon has given time packing food, sorting through donations, assembling senior boxes and helping with produce recovery. She says she’s loved the opportunity to meet fellow neighbors who care about fighting hunger here in her community.
Devon’s studying for a degree in a social work, and her program requires service hours. She learned about Philabundance through her mom, and when she had the opportunity to see our work firsthand, she knew volunteering at the Hunger Relief Center was going to be a lasting part of her life.
“I thought it was really awesome that Philabundance serves so many people,” Devon says. “They’re a pillar of the community.”
Her university recently honored Devon with a servant leadership award, which came with a stellar prize: $500 for Devon and $500 for the organization of her choice. A true hunger-fighting champion, Devon gave the entire $1,000 to Philabundance.
It’s so inspiring to see young people like Devon show such dedication to helping others. We know that as long as there is hunger in the Delaware Valley, we can continue providing relief because the next generation is stepping up.
Devon encourages her fellow neighbors to raise awareness about food insecurity and do their part to help neighbors in need.
“If you have the financial means to donate — or even a few hours to help out — you really can make a huge difference in someone’s life,” she says.
Our sincere thanks to Devon for her generous partnership!