MAY VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: Rachael Sevilla
Rachael Sevilla is a triple threat! Not only is she one of our original fruit picking volunteers, she’s also dedicated hours of her time helping us plan our fundraisers, table at outreach events, and connect us with some of her wonderful networks of in-kind donors! She’s a remarkable fruit loop and we’re very grateful to have her in the fruit family! Thanks Rachael for all you do in Fruitland!
“Growing up in Southern California, I was surrounded by fruit. We had a lemon tree, one neighbor had kumquats and oranges, and the others had plums. I was privileged to take fresh fruit for granted. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky. In 2009, when I first heard about Food Forward, I was immediately drawn to the organization. It is not only easy, but also a lot of fun to get outside for a couple of hours and pick fruit for people who do not have access to it. Every time I go out on a pick I meet interesting people, enjoy the sunshine, sample a piece of fruit (or two!), and generally just have a great time. And at the end of the day there is the satisfaction of looking at a stack of full boxes, immediately on their way over to a local food bank, and knowing that I was able to contribute in a small way. Watching Food Forward grow by leaps and bounds over the past few years has been a joy, and I am happy to know that I will be climbing trees with you for years to come!”
If you see Rachael up a tree, give her a pat on the back for being an amazing volunteer!