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Who Can ♥♥♥♥ the Salt Lake County Firefighters Like We Do………..Ain’t Nobody Loves ‘em Like WE DO!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did you know that any abandoned or refused produce (that is still in good shape) must be donated to our local fire stations? I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit with some of our local firemen these last few weeks, by delivering abandoned baskets to them.  They ever so much appreciate the food donations we share with them.  I learned so much from my visits with them, like…. They run 3 shifts, and each shift is 48 hours long.  Let me explain, they work 2 full days and are off for 4 days.  During those two full days they eat, sleep, work (take calls) and live at the fire station. (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Mandy E. at South Jordan Fire Station in South Jordan, Utah

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015


When/How did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

My sister from Idaho told me about it.

Why did you become a site Coordinator?

I was asked by my friend Anna to train to be a backup for her.  I was subbing fairly often for her and others when the regular Site Coordinator for B Week at our site said she had to step down. My Area Coordinator asked if I wanted to take over since I subbed there and knew the routine.  I was excited to see my people more often. (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Anna N. at Paradigm High in South Jordan, Utah

Monday, June 8th, 2015

When/How did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

I was talking to my Aunt many years ago about how I could not afford fresh fruit to keep on the table for my kids.  She told me to look into Bountiful Baskets.  I forgot all about it, then one of my Co-Workers was telling all about this food co-op that she had found and the great deal that she got and it clicked that this was the same as what my Aunt was telling me about a year prior.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?

I LOVE meeting new people, and making new friends.  What better way to get to know people those who have

a passion for produce as much as I do!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?

I love it when I get something “new” in my basket, something that I have never tried before.  Also a great way to get my kids to try new things as well.

What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?

It is my “Girls Night”, every week I get to get out with other people that are grown ups!

Tell us a little about your site?

I have a Thursday night site at Paradigm High School, it is awesome that Bountiful Baskets now has evening sites in Salt Lake County.  Some of us people are not morning people!

What makes your site fun or unique?

Did I say that we are a Thursday night site?

What is the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?

My Truck driver asked me if I was single….And I will leave it at that! ;)

Any weird basket dreams you would like to share?

I had a dream not long ago that I was getting calls from all the other Volunteer Site Coordinator’s about their sites, but I forgot to go and run my site.  I woke up freaking out that I had missed my time to leave to go run my site.

How has Bountiful Baskets changed your life?

I love Bountiful Baskets, I have made so many new friends because of Baskets.  I don’t know what my life would be like right now without baskets.

What do you do when you are not doing Bountiful Baskets?

I work full time at a local Hospital three days a week.  My days off are reserved to spend time with my family.

Tell us about your family?

I have been married 15 years, have 3 boys and 2 girls.

If you could have 1 super power… What would it be?

I would love to be able to control the weather.  I would have it be a perfect spring day every day!

How many baby giraffes did you contribute for last April?

:) The Giraffes were offered on a Tuesday, and I contributed on Monday. But when I saw that they were offered I was so bummed, because I would have contributed for 5.

Anything else you would like to share?

I love Bountiful Baskets, and the people that are a part of it with me.  I hope everyone else that contributes for baskets, new & old, have the same love for baskets that I do!

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Z. at the Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department, Shepherd, MT

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Melissa recently took on the role of Volunteer Site Coordinator when she moved from Billings to Shepherd.  She jumped right in when she heard that the site was on the verge of closing.  The former Volunteer Site Coordinator had family obligations and could no longer volunteer her time.  Melissa and her family are the kindest and most caring and welcoming people I know!
When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
We started contributing way back when Vitality was the only site in Billings.
Why did you become a Site Coordinator?
We started our original site at 9th and Poly; Back then baskets became available, at noon on Monday, and they were gone in 5 minutes.  It was like buying concert tickets.  I thought the only way I am going to get a basket is if I open a site!
What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
 Never knowing what you are going to get!  It’s always a surprise!
What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?
 The community.  It’s more then just fruits and veggies; it’s getting to know your neighbor, whether standing in line or working side by side filling baskets.
What are your favorite basket items?
 Everything but mostly berries of any kind!
Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.
We closed our site at 9th and Poly when we moved from Billings up here to Shepherd.  The Shepherd site is located at the Firehouse where myself, my husband and my son are all volunteers of the department.
How has BB changed your life?
Bountiful Baskets is great for cutting our grocery budget as well as assisting with a healthier lifestyle.
What do you do when you’re not doing BB?
 Watching our kids grow up and building our house; both a never ending job!
Tell us a little about your family.
 Our oldest, Jessica,  just got married in January
Our middle, Andrew, actually was the first pilot car driver for Bountiful Baskets in the Billings area. Now he is starting to ride bare back broncs.  Which makes me crazy to watch
Our youngest, Veronica, never seems to be in one spot long. Wow teenagers….
If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?
 As I get older it would be an ‘energy’ super power!

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Lara M. in St. Joseph, Missouri

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Lara M. has long been the face of Bountiful Baskets in Missouri and Arkansas where she is the Volunteer Area Coordinator.  She went out on a limb driving quite a ways to train and get her food and now she has a Bountiful Baskets site right in her hometown of St. Joseph.  She is perhaps one of the kindest hearted most encouraging women to work with.  As all mother’s of nine must she has a kind word handy always.  We really appreciate that and bet you do too!

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

Enough for a family of 11!

I first heard of Bountiful Baskets in the spring of 2012 and there were zero sites in my entire state.  It took a couple of months but I finally convinced my husband that travelling almost 3 hours, one direction, to another state to train would be worth our while.  We contributed for our first baskets in July, 2012 and have appreciated each and every one!

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?

Our city wasn’t aware of Bountiful Baskets at the closest site was 2-3 hours away.  I wanted the co-op and realized that to make that happen, I would have to bring it here.

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?

Obtaining healthy REAL foods to feed my family at a price that makes sense!

What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?

Meeting all my participants and sharing REAL food with them all.  I just LOVE when participants ask me how they can use an item they have never tried before but love it even more when they return to tell me how their lives are changing, in very positive ways, because of their participation.

Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.

Our city graciously allows us to use the local Sports Complex and the folks there are extremely accommodating.  All the employees are welcoming and a couple have even become participants.

My back-up site coordinator is Connie Thompson, a long time area resident.  She always has a smile for our participants and a positive attitude.  I am blessed to have her to rely on!

What makes your site fun – or unique?

My volunteers!  It is often the highlight of my week to have that hour before pick-up to chat with them and talk about what we all enjoy: fresh produce!  We marvel over each and every case, talk about how we plan to fix things, and dream of what might be offered the next distribution.

What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?

Probably the day my grandson was baptized.  I had set the time for right after baskets but my phone rang non-stop during the entire distribution because the godparents had TWO flat tires on their way and had to turn around to get new tires which made me have to reschedule the baptism *in the middle of distribution.*  My AWESOME volunteers made it happen though and he was baptized later that evening AFTER I had time to return home and put all my yummy produce away!

Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?

I haven’t had any but my oldest daughter has.  Numbers aren’t her thing and she once dreamed she kept putting out baskets but it was never the right number of baskets so she kept counting them over, and over, and over, and over, and….

How has BB changed your life?

The co-op has literally revolutionized how I feed my family.  I used to spend hours each week planning meals then elaborate menu plans and shopping lists to match.  Because of Bountiful Baskets, stepping into a grocery store is now an extremely rare occurrence!  We eat meat, and co-op produce, and not much else!  Yes, I do purchase a few staples from an online provider that ships directly to my home but those trips to the grocery that I had come to loathe are no more!

What do you do when you’re not doing BB?

I educate our children at home, run a local host site for a nationwide cloth diaper loan organization, and am an AVID knitter, spinner, and crochet enthusiast.

Tell us a little about your family

My husband and I have 9 daughters and one grandson who is the apple of his aunties’ eyes

If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?

To bi-locate so I could get more done!

How many baby elephants did you contribute for last April?

Zero, but my 10yo begged me to max on them.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I don’t think the average participant truly realizes how much of themselves Sally & Tanya have poured into this endeavor or how committed they are to the cause of benefitting families, one dinner table at a time.

Volunteer Spotlight: Carrie R. in Fort Morgan, Colorado

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Carrie R. is the newest addition to the Volunteer Team responsible for the awesomeness that happen at Fort Morgan Bountiful Baskets! There’s a team of seven that keeps this organized and fun site going throughout the year even when it is -24 degrees like today. We are so grateful to Carrie for all she does to help make the site run smoothly and make healthy food available to her community very affordably! Woot Woot for getting it done Carrie!

When & how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
I started getting baskets in March 2013. I saw a flyer at the rec center and figured I would try it out. The produce couldn’t have been any worse than what I was buying locally.

Why did you decide to become a Site Coordinator?
I decided to become a site coordinator because Bountiful Baskets is something I believe in and if you want to keep something around you work it!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
My favorite part of baskets is it’s like Christmas every week! You never know who is going to show up to volunteer and you never know exactly what your basket will contain!

What are your favorite basket items?
I am always get excited to see mangos! Well and everything really!

Tell us a little about your site?
We have so much fun at our site! So many great people come and we love to welcome new faces!

What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you during baskets?
The first time I ran the site without Nicci I forgot to distribute the case ends! Thank goodness one of the volunteers noticed before I started checking people out!

Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?
The weirdest basket dream I have had is that I forget how to count.

How has Bountiful Baskets changed your life?
Beyond the fresh produce, Bountiful Baskets has given me friends!!

What do you do when you’re not doing Bountiful Baskets?
When I am not doing Bountiful Baskets I am planning what to make with the products I have gotten from Bountiful Baskets. :) And totally rocking the stay at home mom gig I have!

Tell us a little about your family
I have been married for 17 years to (a very patient man named) Michael. We have 3 children. Emily 14 (who volunteers regularly) Michael 11, and Joslyn 7, and a dog too!

Bacon and Hatch Chile’s, Enough Said!

Friday, October 17th, 2014

You know what I love about Bountiful Baskets? What I REALLY love? Beyond the healthy food on my dinner plate; beyond the rewards I get when I volunteer and do my part to ensure the success of our co-op, which is helping countless people; even beyond money I am saving by participating in Bountiful Baskets….

What I REALLY love about Bountiful Baskets is that because of Baskets, I have found joy in food! Clean, healthy, amazing food that I had walked past in grocery aisles for years. Not noticing them, not knowing how to use them and especially not knowing how much I loved them! (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Trisha S. in Herriman, Utah

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Trish S. – Volunteer Site Coordinator at Herriman Fire Station

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

I first heard of Bountiful Baskets in 2009, on a couponing website. I started participating that Fall even though the closest pick up site was 15 miles away from my house. And I have been participating ever since.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?

To be honest, I did it mostly to have a site near me! But also to be a part of something that brought so much to people’s lives. Healthy eating is important to me and I was always hearing people complain about how expensive fresh produce is. This solves that problem for people!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?

I love that just by contributing for a basket I have essentially automated the fresh produce in our home. I don’t have to really think too much about it. Just pick it up and then find great ways to use it.

What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?

I have really enjoyed getting to know our regular volunteers and meeting new people. I love it when we get new participants and they just look so excited when they come for their first pick up.

What are your favorite basket items?

Mangoes, Brussels sprouts, berries and asparagus.

Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.

My co-Volunteer Site Coordinator, Mollie, and I take turns running the site each week and cover for each other for vacations and such. We also each volunteer when it’s not our turn to be the VSC. She and her family have become our friends and I look forward to the time we get to work together each weekend. We run our site out of a beautiful new firestation building right around the corner from my house. We have a nice indoor space in the Winter and a great outdoor space, in the parking lot, in the Summer. The site is in a great location where we can enjoy pretty sunrises every Saturday morning. And we LOVE our firefighter hosts, they are always asking if there is anything they can do for us. They are so accommodating.

What makes your site fun – or unique?

We have a really good core of regular volunteers who enjoy showing new volunteers the ropes. And we get to run our site in a beautiful building with a view of gorgeous sunrises every Saturday morning.

What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?

We must not be very crazy or silly because I can’t think of anything. ha! I think our participants appreciate that we are friendly and get the distribution done quickly so they can get on with their weekends.

Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?

I don’t have too many basket dreams anymore. I used to dream that the cases of produce were being unloaded and they just kept coming and coming and coming, like clowns out of a tiny car!

How has BB changed your life?

It has made adding lots of fresh produce to our diets a no-brainer.

What do you do when you’re not doing BB?

I am the committee chair for our city’s community garden. That keeps me busy during the summer. And I enjoy making art and spending lots of time with our large and growing family.

Tell us a little about your family

My husband and I have 7 kids. 6 daughters and a son. Five of them are grown and have families of their own. We have a dozen or so grandkids, with some fluctuation for our “bonus” foster grandkids.

If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?

Teleportation. I’ve got so many places to go and things to see and so little time!

How many baby elephants did you contribute for last April?

None. lol

Anything else you’d like to share?

We might not be as silly and goofy as some of the Volunteer Site Coordinator’s at sites near us, or our VERY energetic and delightful Volunteer Area Coordinator, but we really care about our participants and we try to give them a quick distribution and a friendly start to their Saturday morning.

Volunteer Spotlight: Heather S. in West Valley City, Utah

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Valley Fair Mall Site of Bountiful Baskets is in West Valley City, new Salt Lake City, Utah.  Heather Shafer is so amazing and we would love to let you get to know her!

Heather S. – Volunteer Site Coordinator at Valley Fair Mall

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
I had heard about Bountiful Baskets several years back, but at the time, there weren’t that many sites, and I was unwilling to get up at 6:00 am and drive 30 miles to go get my produce (little did I know what I’d be doing a few years later!!) I started in February of 2011 when one of my neighbors shared on Facebook her Bountiful Baskets haul…I figured I’d look into it again, and thankfully there were more sites and closer to me! I officially became a VSC in June of 2013.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?
I was volunteering almost every week anyway, so I figured being a Site Coordinator wouldn’t be *that* much more work! Also, one of the Site Coordinators was moving away and needed to find a replacement, so it just worked out!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
Oh my…what ISN’T my favorite part? Ok…maybe the getting up at 5:30am part, but seriously, Bountiful Baskets has great produce and their other products like the wraps, the bread and the oil are all such fabulous deals!
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Victoria R.’s Story

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

My husband and I relocated from Chicago where we had a beautiful organic garden in our backyard to Fort Worth, TX this summer. To say I am having to relearn growing my own foods is an understatement. And veggies I grew in Chicago without a second thought are not an option here…
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