Paul's Story

When Paul Martell retired five years ago, he began looking for meaningful ways to give back to the local community. He learned of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank through college friends and his wife and decided to register as a volunteer. Five years later, you can still spot Paul in our Volunteer Center donating his time and talents twice per week!

Although Paul has volunteered with other organizations, the Foodbank quickly became his favorite place to donate his time. He also volunteers weekly at Riverwood Chapel, one of the Foodbank’s partner programs.

“Food and shelter are, to me, the two most important issues for people, and when you don’t have them, it puts you at a horrible disadvantage.” Paul contributes more than 200 hours of service to the Foodbank each year!

He enjoys working alongside other regular volunteers, which include his wife, Susan, and Foodbank staff. “If you volunteer or contribute in any way, it’s very rewarding. The donated food is handled carefully, and the enthusiasm surrounding the work is tangible.”