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Finding a Peaceful Place by Volunteering
Candace O'Brien Shares Her Story

   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 & Fishes central catering 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 each week, helping prepare food for the hundreds of meals that James prepares each weekday. I feel my contribution frees up time for head chef, James Porter, so he can devote his time to creating delicious dishes. (The chili mac last week was SO good!)

    I have met so many wonderful people in both the Loaves & Fishes kitchen staff who work there, and the other central kitchen volunteers. I truly look forward each week to driving over Kirker Pass. That is the other thing I love especially in the winter when the hills are emerald green and the cows are grazing. It sure beats the freeway, and starts my morning off in such a calm and serene manner.