“Nothing is better than helping others”



Volunteers are the heart of our work here at the East Texas Food Bank, giving their time each day to help us provide meals to thousands of East Texas families. As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to share the story of Alpha Berry. Alpha is just one of the thousands of volunteers that help in our mission of fighting hunger and feeding hope.

“Hello, my name is Alpha Berry. I’ve been volunteering at the East Texas Food Bank for about a year. I’m originally from Guinea, West Africa and graduated from UT Tyler with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science in May 2020.

Since I didn’t have a job after graduation, and plan to pursue my Masters this summer, I decided to start volunteering here. I actually came to volunteer here a couple of years ago for a class, so I already knew a little bit about the work the food bank does.

I usually volunteer Monday through Thursday in the mornings. They are really wonderful people over here and take care of you. Everyone is so welcoming.

There are so many that are hungry out there, so being here making boxes of food to send out makes me feel good.

I would tell people to make time to volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank. You gain the experience of working, meeting new people and even getting to share experiences with them.  Nothing is better than helping others and there is always a lot to do. They need as many hands as possible to help out.”

We are always looking for great volunteers like Alpha. Click here to find out more and schedule your time to help!