AmeriCorps Volunteers Welcomed by CAFB - Capital Area Food Bank
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AmeriCorps Volunteers Welcomed by CAFB

By Allison Majewski September 24, 2012

The Capital Area Food Bank is happy to welcome three people who have committed themselves to one year of service to the food bank as AmeriCorps volunteers by way of the Episcopal Service Corps. Jeremi Mathis, Angel Benton and Olivia Smith are full-time volunteers, supported locally by the Trinity Volunteer Corps, which is the Washington, DC arm of the Episcopal Service Corps. The food bank is fortunate and grateful to welcome the skills and experience of these Trinity Volunteers.
In addition to our new long-term volunteers, the food bank is fortunate to have nearly 18,000 volunteers who help the food bank every year in the warehouse and at our special events.

Jeremi Mathis is a recent graduate of University of North Texas. His desire to work for a non-profit organization led him to the food bank. Jeremi says his role as the Grow a Pantry (GAP) Coordinator will be to “help establish new food pantries in underserved areas.” He looks forward to recruiting new partner agencies and bridging the gap between service areas.
Olivia Smith is a recent graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, where she majored in women and gender studies. Olivia joins the Capital Area Food Bank staff as the Weekend Bag Coordinator. In this capacity, she will run this program of the Food For Kids department that provides weekend groceries for the families of children from 53 schools and afterschool programs throughout the Washington metro area. Olivia is excited to expand her non-profit work experience and to ensure that kids are well-fed outside of school.
Angel Benton majored in communications at Kennesaw State University and graduated in 2011. Angel is the food bank’s new Hunger Lifeline Coordinator. This volunteer is looking forward to giving back to the community by referring clients directly to emergency food sources in their areas.