Since last summer, the staff of the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) has expanded to include new people (some in new positions) bringing with them dynamic skills, important experiences, and fresh perspectives on why the movement to create a hunger-free community really matters.

We asked them recently why they feel passionate about their role in ending hunger.

What they had to say is inspiration for anybody who needs it to get (or stay) active in shaping a community that uplifts and empowers its people to live healthy and hunger-free.

MARY ARONSON. Data Coordinator. Mom. Coach. Travel Enthusiast.

“My view is that it is our responsibility as human beings to help those in need. Food is a basic human need. We work together to address hunger in our community.”

MAGGIE CAWLEY: Advocacy Associate. Perpetual Wanderer and Wonderer. Incurable Empath. Dancing Queen.

What motivates me, as a member of WCFB’s Advocacy Department, is the opportunity to take part in building toward a more just food system in Worcester County, in which everyone can exercise their right to nutritious food. To me, hunger is about painful and frustrating daily struggles, but it is also about a world in which precarity is the norm, social fabric is unraveling, and racism, patriarchy and other forms of oppression perpetuate poverty and inequity. I want to work with others to change that.”

AMY EDLEMON: Product Donation Coordinator. Mom. Nature Enthusiast. Grateful Chef.

“The current political and social culture of America led me to ask the question of how I could use my skills to contribute to building a hunger-free community. I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with the Worcester County Food Bank and the people of Worcester County who are leading the way.”

JONI KUSMINSKY: Communications and Marketing Manager. Aspiring Backyard Gardener. Frequenter of Farmers Markets. Mother to a Spirited Child.    

“My own amazing ‘village’ saw to it that my needs were met, that I had enough to eat, that I was nourished. That ‘village’ helped me thrive. Today, I take seriously my responsibility to be the ‘village’ for others.”

ASTHA SHRESTHA: Development Manager. Perpetual Optimist. Professional Gourmand and Amateur Cook. Travel Enthusiast.

“Growing up in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, I was taught early on not to waste food because there were so many around us who couldn’t even meet this basic need. Over the years, I learned that hunger and poverty are not unique to poor nations. My understanding and passion for these issues were deepened by my father’s work at an international hunger relief organization. He instilled in me that it is not enough to provide food assistance. We all need to work together to break the cycles of hunger and poverty. I feel fortunate to be able to do my part right here in Worcester County – a place I’ve called my home for almost 10 years.”

DEXTER VIATOR: Community Engagement Coordinator. Classic Rock Fan. Worcester Advocate. Craft Beer Aficionado.

“I am motivated to do this work because I believe nutritious food is the root of the healthy, holistic life everyone deserves.  I am inspired to work with our volunteers because the many hours they put in help us get one step closer to our shared goal of a hunger-free Worcester County.”

Tell us what motivates you to work toward a hunger-free community! Share your story now.

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