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Food Pantry volunteer of the month: Lena!

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. – Fred Rogers

Our fantastic volunteer of the month for November is Lena Vodovotz! She will be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in December with a major in Microbiology and minors in Studio Arts, Religious Studies, and Gender Studies. She is currently applying to medical school, as well!

We sat down and had a chat with Lena and asked her why she chose to volunteer with us.

“I volunteer because I love Pittsburgh and I want to try and give back to a community that has helped me so much throughout my life, she said. “I found out about the Food Pantry many years ago when my synagogue came for a day of volunteering. That memory really stuck with me, so I decided to start volunteering regularly in February.”

Was there a moment or memory that stood out in her mind over her time volunteering with us? The answer she gave was one we have heard from many of our volunteers.

Lena said, “Being at the Food Pantry during High Holidays is always special. I think it’s amazing that the Food Pantry takes the time and effort to provide foods like challah or gefilte fish that have so much cultural meaning. I hope that this food is able to brighten people’s day.”

YOU also brighten their day, Lena, and we are so grateful to have you as our friend and volunteer!