KENT, Wash. -- At Northwest Harvest, the demand for food donations continues to grow. And so do the volunteer hours.
One group of volunteers is finding they can make a big difference, at any age.
“You work all your life for money, now you have give back,” said Ernie Scott, 95.
Scott is one of several senior citizens who volunteer at the Northwest Harvest warehouse in Kent once a week. He and others help package and sort food to be boxed and sent to donation sites where it’s given to families in need.
“That’s what people are here for,” he said. “We help other people.”
Northwest Harvest reports volunteers donated 120,000 hours of time last year. That’s the equivalent of 58 full time employees. That savings helped to build a total of two million meals last year.
“These are real families we’re talking about here,” said Lynn McGuire, 81. She also volunteers her time every Tuesday and says it’s more than just a way to get out of the house.
“You can go home and sit on your bottom, but if you do something like this you’ve helped somebody else,” she said. “That’s a good feeling.”