“I am so appreciative of Mary and her tireless dedication to helping Food for Others. The work she does in support of Food for Others directly impacts our youth and families in the Providence District as well as Fairfax County and supports the county’s mission to provide meaningful assistance to our community. Thank you, Mary, for your commitment to our county” -Dalia Palchik
Mary became a volunteer with Food for Others shortly after retiring in November 2016. During her six years with the organization, she has been a vital part of their organization and programs. One of the programs Mary is heavily involved in is the Power Pack Program. This program is currently providing weekend bags of food to over 3,000 students in 45 Fairfax County Public Schools this school year. Mary has also used her skills and experience to start three community gardens for Food for Others’ clients and she continues to help with their success Through these gardens, Mary works closely with kids and families providing a chance for them to learn and garden. Mary also spends time gleaning produce weekly for Food for Others at the Wakefield Farmer’s Market.
Mary has helped create positive change and impact for the youth in her community. The students that receive these Power Packs tend to be on the free and reduced meals program during the week and have limited access to food on the weekend. The Power Pack Program sends weekend backpack meals home with students who do not get enough food on the weekends without their school-provided meals.