Taking Action


Food Bank volunteer is essential in getting food to those who need it

Posted at 12:12 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 12:12:25-04

Sara Throckmorton has been working at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore for nearly seven years.

Last week she and the other volunteers got food boxes ready to send out to pantries all over Hampton Roads.

Food is important to each of us and the need higher during the coronavirus pandemic especially right now when the jobless rate is nearing 25%.

The Food Bank is seeing its highest demand ever.

“Every week we’re talking to people that say I’ve never had to that I’ve never had to go anywhere and ask for help like this, this is the first time this is ever happened to me," one volunteer said.

Volunteer coordinator Stephanie Gordon said Sara’s empathetic and gentle approach is such blessing especially right now during the pandemic.

“They know she’s there to help, they don’t really feel the stigmatism of standing in line to get food needing to drive through and say please put these boxes in my car. They don’t feel that. She’s makes them feel comfortable and makes them feel all right," she said.

With a stressful corporate job and her own family at home, Gordon said Sara’s dedication to the Food Bank never waivers.

So we couldn’t pass up the chance to honor this community superhero.

News 3 and our community partner Southern Bank came together to award Sara with a People Taking Action award and $300.

“This is a time and its unprecedented for all of us and the food bank is here doing so much for people and it’s really great to be a part of it," Sara said.