Maggie has become a very familiar face here at the Centre for Hunger Relief in Perth since the early days of COVID pandemic.
It doesn't take a lot of effort to be nice to someone who needs it
Hearing of our volunteering plight during COVID and wanting to give back, Maggie who is retired, initially started helping out in the Community Kitchen with Chef Grant.
Maggie said that she stared volunteering at Foodbank WA because the organisation’s values resonated with her own, and because of that fact that food insecurity is a largely hidden crisis and she wanted to give back.
Maggie says that she doesn’t have any expectations when she comes in for a day of volunteering but always leaves feeling very fulfilled. “Hearing about different peoples’ challenges and stories really surprise me. Its amazing to see how customers respond when they are given a little time are heard. When they feel that their situation is understood and they aren’t judged. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be nice to someone who needs it.”
A typical day of volunteering for Maggie varies – she’s out of the kitchen now that the corporate volunteers are back – and includes anything from making up new referral cards for customers to working at the front counter helping customers and listening to their stories.
Outside of volunteering, Maggie has four grandkids which keep her busy and entertained at various sporting activities. She also loves yoga, walking along the coast and has recently started up SpeedFit!
Thanks for everything that you do for us and our customers, Maggie!
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