I started volunteering at the Loaves and Fishes main kitchen a few months after my husband passed away 4 years ago. My friend, Claire Kurkjian, had been volunteering at the Loaves and Fishes central  kitchen in Pittsburg  for a couple of years, and she thought it might be a good distraction for me.  She was right!   I immediately found that I really loved donating my time to Loaves AND chopping veggies! (Well, except the onions!) I had never done any volunteering except through our boys’ school and sports activities, so this was really different and so fulfilling.  I feel I am giving back to the community by volunteering with  Loaves  and Fishes each week, helping prepare food for the hundreds of meals that Chef James Porter prepares each weekday.  I feel my contribution frees up time for Chef James, so he can devote his time to creating delicious dishes.  (The chili mac and cheese is SO good!)