Robert Fennell, 1992
In 1992, Robert Fennell walked in to the first day of his new job at The Foodbank (formerly American Red Cross’s Emergency Food Bank). Leaving behind his work as a dump truck driver, Robert was looking for a place where he could both enjoy his work and take care of his family. He happened upon an article in the newspaper looking for a driver for The Foodbank and decided to apply. 23 years later, Robert is still feeding hungry people and working to make a difference in his community. Robert’s favorite part of the job is the people he meets. He enjoys talking with the men and women who work on the docks of the grocery stores who donate product every day and laughing with his coworkers in the warehouse.
Robert gives back to his community in other ways too, lending his dog out for first aid trainings with the Red Cross where he received an award for Support Person of the Year, and even once working as a lifeguard at his local pool.
While working at The Foodbank, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo treatment. “Throughout my battles with cancer, The Foodbank has always been there for me, giving me the means necessary to get to my treatments and cheering me on through it all. Days when I went through chemo, I would still come to work because I wanted to be there for my coworkers just as they have been there for me,” said Robert.
Robert was born and raised in Dayton and enjoys a life with his wife Dianne and Harley FXRT motorcycle, which he lovingly calls “Harley Dog”. Robert’s free time is spent riding Harley Dog on country roads and petsitting friends’ dogs.
To commemorate Robert’s years of service to feeding hungry people, The Foodbank recognized him with a Hunger Hero Award.
Barb Wysong of Camden FISH
In October, The Foodbank is saying farewell to two amazing women: Barb Wysong and Peg Cannon.
Barb ran Camden FISH food pantry for over 20 years, serving her local community to provide food and support for those who would otherwise go without. She has faithfully led the pantry through its many years in Preble County and is handing the responsibility over to Bev Jarrell.
Since 1998, Peg Cannon has been running Xenia FISH food pantry, serving hungry families in Greene County to provide them with much needed nutrition. Bob Bosl is taking her place.
The Foodbank is so thankful for the many years of hard work and service these two ladies have put in. Our hearts are warmed by the fact that there are people like Barb and Peg who are willing to feed those in need.
A volunteer puts apples into the backseat of a client’s vehicle
Thanks to the generosity of CareSource, The Foodbank took a day from their usual business to provide a community-wide Farmers Market at UD Arena. Fresh watermelons, cabbage, corn, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, apples, along with many other vegetables were given out to 717 hungry families!
September 26th was a busy day as we had over 80 volunteers filling out paperwork, bagging food, and handing out the food. Along with the fresh produce, Ohio Poultry Association passed out farm fresh eggs and the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives passed out kids’ coats to prepare them for winter.
The day wouldn’t have been possible without the support of CareSource, our volunteers, and everyone else involved! Thank you!!
Mondelez Global LLC, a multi-country food and beverage company, recently supported The Foodbank by donation and service through their foundation, Mondelez International. Every year, Mondelez sets aside money for its employees to choose who they would like to support as a group. Locally, the company supports our Good-to-Go Backpack program, which provides weekend meal packs to 1400 hungry children in the Miami Valley every week. Enough money to provide 280 kids’ packs was donated. Along with financial support, local employees decided to take it a step further by coming in on their day off to spend their morning building the backpacks! The Foodbank is thankful for the support of Mondelez International and all organizations who support our Good-to-Go Backpack program.