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Jacqueline Kincaid is a champion for her neighbors and fellow students. She has given voice to others as editor of her high school paper, created a nonprofit to help students with auditory disabilities play tennis and helped fight hunger as a youth volunteer for Harvesters.
“It changes your life to get involved,” Jacqueline says of volunteering. “Harvesters does a great job of cultivating the passion and meeting the need — they make it happen!”
Teens like Jacqueline get involved in a variety of ways with Harvesters. Many help fold bags for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, help sort and repackage food in the Volunteer Engagement Center or adopt neighborhoods in September for the Our Community CAN food drive. Volunteering for Harvesters is a great way for students to fulfill community service hour requirements.
Jacqueline spearheaded her school’s participation in Harvesters’ Take Your Can to School Day food drive. Her second year leading the effort, she encouraged some rival schools to also participate resulting in a total of more than 15,000 meals raised for Harvesters.
Jacqueline says her work with Harvesters has helped her understand not just the scope of hunger in her community, but why people face food insecurity. She says she enjoys being able to help break the cycle of hunger by making sure fellow students have enough to eat.
This fall, Jacqueline is headed to college and her goal is to learn how to help organizations better engage with people so they have the support to fulfill their missions.
We are so grateful for all the youth who give generously to Harvesters! We know with their help, Harvesters can continue to feed families for years to come. If you would like to see volunteer opportunities at Harvesters, click here.