David volunteers every Thursday as part of a dedicated group of individuals. This “Thursday Distribution Crew” packs all 6,000 frozen meals, plus soup, bread, and desserts, in under four hours every Thursday! Most importantly, their eye for detail ensures that each and every client receives their medically modified diet.
Q: How long have you been volunteering with Project Angel Heart? Why and how did you decide to get involved?
A: I started volunteering at Project Angel Heart fifteen years ago at the urging of a friend and fellow volunteer. I’ve done a lot of different tasks over the years but Thursday distribution feels like home to me.
Q: What’s your favorite part about volunteering on the Thursday Distribution crew?
A: The camaraderie. It takes a lot of volunteers and there’s a fair amount of complexity to what we do. There’s a great spirit of teamwork to make sure that every client is getting the right meals for his or her nutritional needs. We take pride in being accurate and efficient while still fitting in some socializing.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Enchiladas with a green sauce.
Q: Any interesting anecdotes, or something you think other volunteers/supporters would be surprised to know about Thursday Distribution?
A: When I first started, each special requirement meal was labeled with the client’s name. We laboriously sorted them into the matching bags while inside of the freezer. That method didn’t scale up, thankfully, so today it’s all done at room temperature.
Matt Nigro is Project Angel Heart’s distribution coordinator. Previously, Matt spent three years working at Food Bank of the Rockies, where he served hundreds of partner agencies- including Project Angel Heart. Originally from Aurora, Matt is a Colorado native, but mostly grew up in Massachusetts before making his way back in 2012. He studied Communications and History at UMass Amherst and, in 2015, had the opportunity to live and work on several organic farms across Italy, where he fell in love with the sustainable lifestyles. In his free time Matt enjoys painting, reading, hiking, rooting for the Broncos and Avs, and volunteering at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO.