August 2021

Robin Neuman began volunteering at our former STEAC Food Closet in 2016, but her involvement with the organization began years before that. For several years while working at Sutter Hospital in Davis, Robin helped coordinate her hospital lab so that they could partake in the yearly STEAC Holiday-Adopt-A-Family program. When she retired, she was looking to become more involved with STEAC and in 2017 she was given the opportunity to become the program coordinator for the Food Packs for Kids program.

Robin says, "I have a hard time knowing kids go hungry and I know they have a hard time focusing in school with empty stomachs." This motivates her to keep the program going even through challenges like Covid-19.

"We were fearful the program might stop, but since the pandemic began we have been coordinating with the DJUSD Nutrition Department and we have seen that the need for kids packs has been there... we knew we needed to continue," she states.

Robin enjoys being part of the STEAC team because she likes making a difference for kids and for the community. She adds, "I really enjoy working with people who are so giving and the staff is helpful. Together we all want to make a difference."

Thank you Robin for all the hard work you put into making this program a success.

July 2021

If you stop by to make a food donation at the Food Pantry, make sure to say hi to Meg Gurley and Judy Mehravari who will be ready to collect your items upon your arrival. Meg and Judy have been volunteering on this Tuesday slot ever since it was introduced. Meg has been volunteering for STEAC for about three years and Judy for about two and a half years.

When asked about volunteering on this shift Judy said, "It's a very satisfying feeling. It's nice getting out and talking to people." She became involved with STEAC after retiring and moving back to Davis where she grew up. Besides volunteering on Tuesdays, Judy also volunteers for other shifts during the week and also helps coordinate between the Davis Lutheran Church, STEAC, and the UC Davis Food Pantry whenever there is excess food.

Meg became involved with STEAC by volunteering at the Food Project food drives, but later began signing up for more regular volunteer positions at the Food Pantry. This year, she become one of our newest STEAC Board members and now helps decide program changes, policy updates, and more. One aspect that she likes about this particular shift is that she gets to interact with food donors. She says, "I get to tell people about other programs that STEAC offers because we have one-on-one time with them."

June 2021

Kim Andrup, Senior Delivery Program Coordinator

Kim has been volunteering for STEAC since 2016. She has previous experience working with organizations like Meals on Wheels and has a background in nutrition.

Kim describes just how important the Senior Delivery Program became during COVID. She states, "Many [senior clients] were afraid to leave their house. After receiving feedback from clients a lot of them were thankful on how the program helped them stay safe."

"We're not just giving them whatever food we can," Kim says, "we focus on fresh produce, high quality baked goods, high quality dairy." She adds, "COVID underscored the importance of community and to help each other as need be."

Each month, Chris and John Coil organize the schedule of team members that pack the non-perishable food items for the Senior Delivery Program. These team members include the Haw Family (pictured to the right), Wendy, Pete and Emily; Terry and Chris Jacobsen; and Jana Tuton and Will Benware.

Brent Burkholder and Sal Borges, pictured left, are part of the loading crew that help move the food boxes into the delivery vans.

May 2021

The Cooke family has been volunteering at the STEAC Food Pantry since early 2020, when the pandemic began. Janis and Alex, along with their two children, volunteer once a week for two hours helping sort and pack Kids Packs.

Janis says, "It's fun because it is something tangible we can do to help, and we can see the results of our time here. It has been fun volunteering as a family."

Janis comments on the obvious need for help when it comes to food security and that volunteering with STEAC has allowed her to give back to her community.