Volunteer passionately pursues hunger relief for the community

Volunteer passionately pursues hunger relief for the community

February 6, 2020 in Harvest Time Newsletter Volunteer Spotlight

Every Wednesday, Fabio Heredia can be found sorting food in Ozarks Food Harvest’s warehouse. He also volunteers at Crimson House—one of Ozarks Food Harvest’s food pantries—twice a month during distribution days. His friends at The Food Bank know him as hardworking, kind and passionate about Transforming Hunger into Hope.

Volunteering with The Food Bank opened Fabio’s eyes to the issues of hunger in southwest Missouri.

“Time after time (at Crimson House), I have seen the needy immediately open and eat food they just received because they are so hungry,” he shared. “As I see this, I cannot help but wonder how many hours or days it has been since they had a decent meal or, worse, had anything to eat at all.”

Fabio was born in Colombia, South America and came to the U.S. in 1962 to study at The University of Texas. He began volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest after retiring from a career in language interpretation. Since 2017, Fabio has donated nearly 800 hours to Ozarks Food Harvest.

Fabio knows that hunger exists all around us— and that we all must work together to solve it.

“There are many people without a place to sleep, without food, without certainty as to where their next meal is coming from and we can help,” he said. “I hope 2020 is the year where entities such as Ozarks Food Harvest enjoy days completely full of volunteers and with so many donations that more warehouses will need to be built. Pass the word!”

We’re thankful for Fabio and the time he has committed to Ozarks Food Harvest in his retirement. Want to volunteer with us? Visit to sign up and self-schedule.