By Trevor Turner, Volunteer Coordinator
Chris Willis serves as a “lead” volunteer at the Food Bank of Delaware. As a lead volunteer, Chris assists the Volunteer Coordinators manage the day-to-day operations of the volunteer room in the Food Bank’s Newark warehouse. While other high school students are spending their afternoons in front of the TV or computer, Chris spends each afternoon at the Food Bank helping to alleviate hunger for the one in four Delawareans who depend on emergency food assistance. Chris volunteers at the Food Bank Monday through Friday.
Chris started volunteering at the Food Bank of Delaware during the summer of 2011. Chris was a vital asset to the Food Bank of Delaware team who provided 405,607 meals to underprivileged children across the state of Delaware through the Summer Nutrition Program. During the past year Chris has donated 656 hours of service. While volunteering, Chris has assisted in the management of thousands of volunteers.
Chris oversees the packing of food boxes for our CSFP program (Commodity Supplemental Food Program). CSFP is a monthly program that provides staple food items to more than 2,300 low-income senior citizens over the age of 60. Chris makes sure volunteers know what items and how many of each goes into each box. He also oversees the packing of more than 2,900 food packs for our children’s Backpack Program. The Backpack Program provides nutritious food to children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays when school is not in session. The success of these programs is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers like Chris.
Chris’ contribution to the organization is far reaching. He plays a vital role in utilizing our volunteers’ time and talent to help feed Delawareans of all ages. In addition to the Backpack and Senior Nutrition Program, Chris also trains volunteers to pack meals for children in after school programs. Thanks to volunteers, we distributed 314,793 meals through our After-School Nutrition Program last year.
Dependable, passionate and a team player accurately describe Chris. The quality of Chris’s work is impeccable, especially when considering his young age. His passion for helping hungry Delawareans is shown every day when he greets our volunteers, leads the welcoming procedures for our afternoon shifts of volunteers, typically 20-50 people. Chris completes his assigned tasks and his attention to detail is phenomenal. Chris is an innovative young leader. Thanks to Chris’ commitment and diligence, Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table are better fed. Without outstanding volunteers like Chris, the Food Bank of Delaware would not be able to distribute 7.7 million pounds of food as it did last year. Chris Willis is an outstanding volunteer and a remarkable role model for not only his peers, but our community as a whole.