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Editor’s Note: Hunger affects 48 million Americans including 15 million children. In honor of Hunger Action Month™, VolunteerMatch is spotlighting the story of a volunteer who fights hunger in one of San Francisco’s poorest communities.
Cameron Beck first started volunteering at the young age of 12. To his family, volunteering was simply a cornerstone of life; a benevolent reason to spend more time bonding with one another. The Beck’s would volunteer annually around the holidays at the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, California — a center that distributes nearly 25 million meals to 240 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County every year.
Alongside his parents and sister, Cameron used to help sort, organize, and pack food for the needy. You could say he grew up learning how to be altruistic. He later volunteered with the Boy Scouts, through his church program, well into his college years, and continues to help the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.
Fighting Hunger at Its Core
Fast forward to today, Cameron spends every Saturday volunteering at Project Open Hand in San Francisco, California — a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Project Open hand prepares 2,500 nutritious meals, 200 bags of healthy groceries, and engages more than 125 volunteers in their volunteer program every day.
“They prepare a lot of food and distribute them to clients with HIV/AIDS, diabetes, or other serious life-threatening illnesses,” says Cameron. “They also have a grocery store component where clients can come in and shop.”
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