Twenty-three years ago, at 67 – an age when most people are considering retirement! – L.P. Hymes began working at the Capital Area Food Bank.
Hymes, affectionately called “Mr. Pete”, came to the CAFB through the DC Senior Aid Program. He began his tenure at the food bank’s first home located at 2266 25th Place in Northeast Washington and has seen the CAFB transition into its 645 Taylor Street, NE location and most recently, its new home located at 4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE.
Hymes was originally tasked with keeping the warehouse tidy and clean, but as the food bank grew in size and operations, so did his responsibilities. He eventually managed the food bank’s recycling, ensuring that all cardboard boxes and other materials were properly discarded.
Highly regarded by staff and described as a gem by many, Hymes was a diligent worker who took pride in his duties. He never missed work and always greeted everyone with a smile. Hymes was especially popular among the ladies at the food bank, whom he always greeted with a kiss and a hug.
On October 16, Hymes celebrated his 90th birthday and his retirement from the Capital Area Food Bank. He dedicated 23 years to the food bank and for that we are forever grateful.