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Bob and his wife, Maggie, helped make our community what it is today. Bob, 77, worked at Topeka’s Department of Transportation after serving more than two decades in the Air Force. Maggie retired in 2016 after many years with MetLife.
The couple decided to dedicate their golden years to service. Fortunately for the fight against hunger, they spend much of their time volunteering with Harvesters in Topeka. Together they’ve given 425 hours over the past two years!
“I think our whole experience at Harvesters has been an eye-opener as to the extent of the problem we’ve got here in the United States,” Bob says of hunger.
He and Maggie often bring their grandchildren along on their volunteer shifts to help them understand the hardships their neighbors face. They have six children, 16 grandkids and two great grandchildren!
Likely Maggie and Bob’s most favorite part of volunteering is meeting the families they help provide food for. They’ve been able to spend time with several neighbors who struggle with hunger, and their stories keep the couple motivated to continue their efforts.
“Once you start volunteering and you see what the need is, it pulls you in, and you want to do as much as you can,” Maggie says. “It makes me think or be aware of more things that maybe we can do.”
She and Bob are helping create a brighter future for their grandchildren and everyone in northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri who might face hunger.
“We don’t have a lot, but we are very blessed with what we have,” Bob says. “We cannot just forget those who don’t have.”
We are so grateful for everyone who gives 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.