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Food shuttle volunteer honored with 15 tons of chicken

Posted July 1, 2008

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— Inter-Faith Food Shuttle volunteer Ann Bumgardner was given the Tyson Hunger All-Star award on Tuesday.  It garners a donation of more than 15 tons of chicken and other protein products from Tyson Foods Inc.

“I feel a real calling to help people who are in need,” Bumgardner said.

Bumgardner, 78, has volunteered with the food shuttle for more than 15 years and has overseen collections of perishable foods from the State Farmers Market for the past decade.

She spends about four hours a day at the Farmer's Market.

“I do the whole market. It consists of the wholesalers, retailers, truckers and farmers,” Bumgardner said.

The Farmers Market is the organization's single largest donor, providing more than 1.5 million pounds of food annually.

"Ann's dedication to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is inspiring," Ed Nicholson, director of community relations for Tyson Foods, said in a statement. "If each local community had volunteers who gave a fraction of what the Ann has for our nation's hungry, I believe we could win in the fight against hunger in this country."

“They should get the credit," Bumgardner said of being given the Tyson Hunger All-Star honor. "They give it (food) to me. They don't throw it away. They think of me."

The Inter Faith Food Shuttle serves thousands of people every day, in seven counties.

"Protein is an important part of a nutritious meal. (The) donation from Tyson will provide hundreds of families that we serve with much needed protein," Jill Staton Bullard, president of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, said in the statement. "Ann has brought meals and hope to thousands in our community, and we are honored to accept this donation in her name."

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle provides meals to more than 3,000 people in Raleigh each week by collecting and distributing food that is too perishable to bank, but still nourishing and safe.

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  • doodad Jul 2, 2008

    The poultry integrators have already discussed reducing the number of flocks that go out to contract growers because poultry, beef, and pork has flooded the consumer market because of high feed prices. This could be why Tyson was so generous with this donation.

  • doodad Jul 2, 2008

    NCSU2004, can you offer valid information suggesting my comment was merely a rumor?

  • Meandmytwo Jul 2, 2008

    Thanks to this sweet, loving lady. She is a blessing to many and I know that God is smiling down on her, saying, "job well done"!!!! God bless all involved with feeding the hungry.

  • TheAdmiral Jul 2, 2008

    Who in the hell could eat that much Chicken?

    Perhaps she shouldn't be so greedy and give the chicken to someplace that could feed masses of hungry!

  • NCSU2004 Jul 2, 2008

    Doodad.... don't believe everything that you hear

    I agree, this is a heartwarming story! Glad to have people like her around!

  • GinkgoPhyta Jul 2, 2008

    "What a heartwarming story! Kudos to her for being so unselfish."

    I agree...I like reading stories like these. I usually do not volunteer much, but I try to donate non-perishable food to the homeless shelter in Chapel Hill.

  • MyKidRox Jul 2, 2008

    What a heartwarming story! Kudos to her for being so unselfish. Anne Frank said that no-one ever becomes poor by giving. This lady must be the richest person in Wake County! SO many of us could use this as a springboard to do something worthwhile for our community. This was an outstanding way to start my day!

  • doodad Jul 2, 2008

    I heard that Murphy-Brown, LLC. was shooting sows in the head because of the surplus of hogs and the high costs of feed. What a shame to kill animals when the company could give them away for slaughter for food for people.

  • meganhauser Jul 1, 2008

    What a sweet little lady. As the book of James says, our faith is demonstrated by our deeds.