Annie’s Farewell Letter

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Dear Second Harvest Food Bank Member Agencies,

At the end of July, my time here at the food bank will come to a close, as my program will be ending, and I will move on to a new job. In the wake of my departure, I would like to say thank you to all of you for a wonderful year. There are so many wonderful things about the food bank, and the most wonderful by far was meeting all of you. Getting to interact with you in the distribution center during shopping, or when I came to visit your sites, was the greatest gift I have received all year. You are the ones who work on the front lines in the fight against hunger. Your gracious efforts to promote nutrition and stop hunger in the community are truly humbling. You model true selflessness, unwavering courage, and remarkable integrity, a light that often goes unrecognized, but that is, needless to say, essential to the future of our community. When I see you show up day-to-day to cook for people who have not eaten in a few days, or to spend the day with clients that have health issues, or to provide a healthy grocery bag for a family in need, I recognize that people like you are rare in the world, and I aspire to be half as giving of my time and energy as you all are.

Each agency has brought me a new perspective, because each of you is unique in your way of problem solving and change. I hope that each of you will continue in the work that you are accomplishing, conscious of what nutritious food can do for people. An interest in food is something we all share, and the most important thing you can do is introduce someone to a new type of food that might improve their health, and ultimately improve their quality of life. So check out a few boxes of chard or kale instead of pastries—give your clients a recipe so they know what to do with it. It might just change their lives.

Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing your knowledge and your busy schedules with me this year. I am so blessed to have worked alongside you all. I will carry this experience with me for the rest of my life. I wish all the best for you!

Queridas agencias del banco de comida,

Al fin de Julio, mi tiempo aquí en el banco de comida va a terminar, porque mi programa de Americorps se acabará. Quiero decir muchas gracias a ustedes por un año magnifico. Mi memoria más bonita del banco de comida es conocer a ustedes. Platicar y pasar tiempo con ustedes mientras compraban comida en el banco, o cuando yo visitaba sus sitios, era el regalo más importante que he recibido en todo el año. Ustedes están en frente de la guerra contra el hambre. Sus esfuerzos de promover nutrición y parar el hambre en la comunidad son increíbles. Ustedes tienen corazones de oro y valor invencible. Todos esos esfuerzos muchas veces no se reconocen, pero es esencial para el futuro de nuestra comunidad. Cuando les veo a ustedes cocinando diariamente para los que no han comido por tres días, o pasando el día con clientes que tienen mala salud, o llevando una bolsa de comidas nutritivas a una familia pobre, me doy cuenta de que ustedes son individuales preciosos. Espero que yo pueda tener solo mitad del corazón que tienen ustedes.

Cada agencia me ha mostrado nuevo perspectivo, y cada uno de ustedes tiene sus propias resoluciones para problemas. Espero que cada uno de ustedes siga en sus logros, mientras se dan cuenta de la importancia de comida nutritiva. Todos compartimos el entendimiento de nutrición, y lo más importante es continuar introduciendo nuevos tipos de comida que mejoran la salud de la gente que sirven ustedes. Al fin, esto puede mejorar su calidad de vida. Lleven algunas cajas de col rizada del banco de comida en vez de galletas y den a los clientes una receta para que sepan cómo usarla. Ustedes tienen el poder de cambiar las vidas de sus clientes!

Una vez más, gracias, gracias, gracias para compartir sus conocimientos y sus rutinas ocupadas conmigo este ano. Estoy muy afortunada haber trabajar al lado de ustedes. Voy a llevar esta experiencia conmigo por el resto de mi vida. Espero lo mejor para todos de ustedes!

2 thoughts on “Annie’s Farewell Letter”

  1. Best wishes on your next assignment Annie! We’ll all miss you but know that you’ll continue to serve individuals in need, in your next posting.

  2. Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. – Dale Turner

    If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it. – Jonathan Winters

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