Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kenneth

For over thirty years, Kenneth has been with CFBNJ, volunteering in his spare time. From CFBNJ’s early days of hosting winter coat drives and thrift sales, Kenneth was here bringing his daughter to help sort through the mountains of bags full of coats. 

More recently, Kenneth spent all of his Fridays at CFBNJ as he prepared to retire. After he retired fully, he became an exceptionally dedicated CFBNJ volunteer, spending his Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings sorting, prepping, and packaging food and meals for our neighbors in need.  

With a passion for fighting hunger, Kenneth also spends his Thursdays and Fridays with two of our community partners, one in Morristown and one in Parsippany, distributing the very food and meals he packed and prepped at CFBNJ. 

“I work both sides, so I’m at the place where the people actually come in their cars and get food,” he told us, “I feel fortunate to see both sides of it. I’ve seen the macaroni here at the food drives there.” 

Kenneth shared that, more than anything, he volunteers to serve a purpose for his community, quoting Arthur Ashe, “From what we get, we can make a living; From what we give, we make a life.” After being a financial controller for many years, he says that volunteering and helping his community is now the main focus of his life. 

“I’m trying to do a little thing in my community to help people. I think that’s the best way to make a difference,” said Kenneth, “It’s hard to tackle these giant problems, like hunger. They seem so overwhelming. This is something you can put your hands on, and you know these people are going to get their food soon.” 

As someone with diabetes and an open-heart surgery survivor, Kenneth added that volunteering is a win-win for him, as it allows him to be physically active to do needed tasks.  

“As long as I’m physically able, I’m going to keep doing it,” he concluded.