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About 15 years ago, Dave Herdman took his daughter to Harvesters to fulfill her National Honor Society community service requirement. He joined her volunteer shift and had such a great time that he decided to make sorting food a regular affair.
Over the years, Dave has expanded his commitment by transporting produce and becoming a Harvesters Ambassador. In this role, he meets with different groups to discuss hunger in our community and the role our organization plays in providing relief.
“I help tell the story of what Harvesters does,” Dave says.
His audiences range from elementary school kids to corporate executives to local farmers. One of Dave’s favorite topics of discussion is the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger event. His father was a letter carrier, so the annual food drive is near to his heart.
After working many years in agriculture manufacturing, Dave understands the basic need for food. In his talks, he emphasizes the meal gap that remains in our community and the children, families and older adults who are impacted.
“I always see the circumstance people are in and know we are all one step away from being [hungry],” he says. “These are our neighbors and could be us one day. It helps us be thankful.”
Although Dave enjoys being a vocal advocate for hunger relief, he says his favorite thing to do at Harvesters is simply packing up food with like-minded folks who care about others’ health and well-being.
“You see the good in people,” Dave says. “It’s a great thing – we’re helping our neighbors.”
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