Featured Volunteer – Gina Jagim


Photo of Gina with tote bags

Gina has been volunteering with AFAC for over a year now and has already racked up over 250 volunteer hours. She was first introduced to AFAC after viewing the film, A Place at the Table, at the Bethel United Church of Christ. “A Place at the Table is a moving film and I made a commitment to do what I can about food insecurities in the community,” says Gina.

We see Gina here at AFAC on Friday mornings for our distributions and on Monday afternoons in our warehouse. This summer, she took our compost with her on Mondays to our gardens on Walter Reed Drive. Gina brainstormed the idea for the canned pumpkin cooking contest during our volunteer picnic in June and frequently brings home-baked treats to AFAC for staff and other volunteers to enjoy. She is also leading a team of volunteers who turn our empty bean and rice bags into tote bags.

Gina says “my favorite experience is meeting the wonderful people that give their time to AFAC. The warehouse staff work so hard and hustle to keep everything organized in the warehouse. They are always helpful and nice which can be hard when things get crazy like the week before Thanksgiving. I have also worked with government workers during last year’s furlough, high school and college students, Au Pairs from other countries, Marines, nurses in training, businesses groups, mission teams from WA State, plus the regular routine volunteers — all of these wonderful people are making a difference.”

Thank you Gina for your dedication to AFAC!