The fact that 1 in 6 Central Floridians struggle with hunger is not lost on Shannon Baker. An HR professional by day and mother of five kids, she’s experienced rough times. “There have been times we ate hot dogs and mac and cheese several times in a week when money was tight,” she recalls.
She’s met many others that just need a helping hand and she’s happy to extend hers, saying, “I want to be part of the solution.”
Last summer when a friend stumbled across a volunteer opportunity for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on Volunteer Match, Shannon signed up. It’s become a weekly ritual that she anticipates every Saturday. The early alarm clock may not be appealing to some, but Shannon says spending a few hours at the food bank is more rewarding than catching up on the latest TV series. She leaves each shift with a feeling of accomplishment.
You can usually find Shannon in the warehouse sorting meat with Danny, but she also sorted dry goods into family boxes in the days following Hurricane Irma and collected donations during the recent Share Your Christmas event at WESH 2 News.
“When I’m giving back, I’m feeding my soul,” says Shannon. “It gives me a renewed perspective and allows me to see all the good.”
Shannon’s next goal is to become a volunteer captain so she can lead and encourage others through their volunteer shifts.