Volunteering to Help Feed Local Families

Volunteering to Help Feed Local Families

In a country where people don’t think twice about a $5 latte or forgetting their leftover food at a restaurant, 41 million Americans struggle with hunger. A big part of the struggle with hunger relates to the uncertainties of daily life.

People in our community usually go hungry because of unexpected events, such as hospital visits, car repairs or the loss of a job. Circumstances like these can quickly push families into poverty. That’s where the St. Joseph Food Program (St. Joe’s) steps in.

The St. Joseph Food Program is an organization that distributes fresh food and non-perishable items to more than 5,000 people in our community. Network Health Director of Health Management Alice Parks first learned about the St. Joseph Food Program when she volunteered for the annual food drive at her church.

“I think volunteerism is kind of like voting, a civic duty,” Alice says. “We should really make an effort to make it happen for our community and for each other.”

Alice volunteers for the St. Joseph Food Program every other Monday, where she interviews people who are new to the program to make sure they meet eligibility requirements. She also re-interviews program participants every six months to make sure they remain eligible.

“The role I have as an interviewer can be heartbreaking at times,” Alice says. “People are very appreciative of the services St. Joe’s offers, and it’s always interesting and inspiring to hear their stories.”

“I enjoy that I get to meet and work with people face-to-face and that my small contribution of time makes a difference,” Alice adds “Every time I volunteer, I leave feeling grounded and grateful.”

The St. Joseph Food Program is always looking for volunteers. Click here for more information about volunteering opportunities.

St Joes Food Pantry



  1. Peggy Murphy says:

    I agree St. Joseph’s food pantry in Menasha is a life saver to many families in the area. We are truly lucky to have the services and support we have in the Fox Cities for food, clothing, finances, dental and medical care. As I work with members in other areas I notice how much less resources their communities have available. It also provides us as employees with many volunteer opportunities right here close to home because it does take continued support to keep these programs going. My favorite thing is to volunteer with my children as it keeps them aware of their civic duty, helps them to be more understanding/aware of other people’s situations and grateful for the things they have instead of always wanting more.

  2. Cindy Ott says:

    What a wonderful way to get the message out about how we can help with one of the very basic needs we all have…food. Thank you for sharing your journey with this organization.

  3. Rosa Marie Schuh says:

    This is a wonderful opportunity to extend our gifts and talents. Thank you Alice for all that you do and for presenting the opportunity to join the effort.

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