… I’m reminded weekly to not take anything for granted and to have empathy for others.

Carol Quintana has a long history of giving back to our community and inspiring others to do the same in any way they can.  “I’ve always appreciated [the ability to make my own] choices in life and I’m reminded weekly to not take anything for granted and to have empathy for others.”  In her early days of volunteerism, Carol was a regular at the downtown VA.  But her desire to volunteer closer to home brought her to the West Valley Community Food Pantry nearly 10 years ago.

Carol has always been willing to take on any task needed at the pantry where she works 25 – 30 hours each month.   If asked, Carol will tell you every task is unique and is a small component that makes up a system that keeps the pantry running like “a well-oiled machine.”  When she started, Carol worked in the canned food area packing boxes and bags for our neighbors in need.  As of late, Carol takes bulk items, such as bagels, sugar, flour, meat, or produce, and packages them into family-sized portions. In addition to Carol’s regular “in-house duties,” she drives to two Pizza Hut locations every Monday morning to pick up boxes of donated pizza.

Through the shared laughter, hard work, and desire to serve others, Carol says she has made so many friends over the years.  Carol Quintana plays an integral role in keeping the West Valley Community Food Pantry running like a “well-oiled machine!”