Volunteer Cathy Austin preparing vegetables with her signature smile
The Three Square Food Bank has an amazing group of volunteers who help us each and every day distribute food to the 271,000 Southern Nevadans who struggle with hunger. Our volunteers serve in many different capacities and contribute a significant amount of hard work and dedication. We are honored to recognize one of our top volunteers, Cathy Austin, for the continuous support she provides to our community.
Every weekday in our kitchen we prepare an average of 10,000 meals in addition to food for special events and fundraisers. With only five full-time chefs, none of this would be possible without our reliable volunteers like Cathy. Over the past five years, Cathy has donated more than 1,500 hours of her time to Three Square. Any time we have a last-minute need in our kitchen, Cathy is always there, without hesitation and with a smile on her face, to provide help above and beyond whatever we could have asked for.
Not only does Cathy help out in our kitchen, but over the past two years she has also taken on a teaching role for our Fruits and Vegetables Experience program (FaVE!). The goal of FaVE! is to introduce kids from low-income households to a variety of fruits and vegetables they may have never seen, or even heard of, before. This educational program teaches kids across the entire valley all about food and nutrition and that fruits and vegetables are good for us and worth trying. Cathy is so passionate about this program that she goes out into the community twice a month to teach these children and provide them with the chance to discover and try new foods. By adding her creative energy to all that she does she has helped make this program a huge success. Cathy has such a giving heart, we are incredibly grateful for all that she does for Three Square.