Barbara is pictured here in her red apron along with Pat’s Place Manager, Vianette, holding a delivery of tasty food from Farmhouse Cafe

It’s no secret why Barbara Calaorio volunteers in different roles at Community FoodBank. Her welcoming smile gives it away.

“It’s my way of giving back,” she said one recent morning while bustling around organizing things at Pat’s Place, Community FoodBank’s benefit store. “It’s therapeutic for me. I’ve done it all my life!”
Barbara pitches in at FoodBank’s marketplace as well as working at Pat’s. She’s easy to find in a colorful apron that announces her name to the world around her. While she’s been coming to the food bank for quite a while, she’s relatively new to Pat’s.

“I love decorating, putting out the items we have for sale,” she said. “We all pitch in wherever we’re needed. To me it’s important that the proceeds here are going to something that’s positive.”
The mother of two grown children, Barbara began coming to help at Community FoodBank not long after the loss of her husband about five years ago. “I just kept hoping for more and looking for more,” she said. “I wanted to be able to do something every day – something positive.”

To join the volunteer team call Juana Valdez at Community FoodBank, 637-0340.

Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.


One Response to Volunteer Profile: Barbara Caloiaro

  1. Nancy Takaoka says:

    Barbara is such a wonderful woman! She is a pleasure to work with and just be around.

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