John Ruth has been a volunteer with the Community Harvest program for years and was recently named the Foodbank's Volunteer of the Year award recipient. He is technically a “sub,” but he volunteers at least once per week, and sometimes 3-4 times per week.  He's always ready and willing to fill in when people have surgeries, are on vacation, or are sick. He's a true team player and has a heart for our mission. He's even recruited his wife, brother-in-law and two friends to help volunteer. Thank you for your countless hours of service, John! 

How long have you been involved with the Foodbank?
I have been volunteering for five or six years. I drive and pick up food from various restaurants and grocery stores on behalf of Community Harvest, the Foodbank’s food rescue program.

Why are hunger-relief efforts important to you?
It gives me a sense of doing something good and being part of the solution, not part of the problem. I wish more people realized how great the need is. There are so many people struggling, especially with COVID-19.

How does it feel to win Individual Volunteer of the Year?
It feels really good. My favorite part of volunteering is doing something positive for the community.