SA Food Bank's Apple Core Ladies make volunteering fun

Dedicated volunteers help food bank serve 58,000 people per month


SAN ANTONIO – Loretta Pohl and Janet Robinson are two members of the Apple Core Ladies, a group of volunteers the San Antonio Food Bank has come to depend on. 

Every week they give their time like clockwork, helping the food bank feed more than 58,000 people each week. They were both looking for a way to give back and feel good about donating their time.  

Now Loretta's husband Richard has joined them. 

"We are faithful about coming and we never leave when everyone else does," said Pohl, the Castroville resident who makes the trip every Tuesday and Thursday.

The jobs are endless, but they make it fun and rewarding. Even the most mundane task like packing a box of food for a family is fulfilling. 

"You think, 'A child might like this cereal,' or, 'This is a cake mix and someone might have a birthday.' Everything here has a story and it's all good," said Robinson. 

Her background in cooking at an Air Force base in England did not prepare her for this much packing and unpacking for food. 

"I feel as (if) I've done something at the end of each day," she said.

In the 16 counties the San Antonio Food Bank serves, one in four children don't have the nutrition they need to learn in school and have healthy development. It's an awesome responsibility, made a bit easier this month as the SA Hunger Campaign makes it its mission to wipe out that statistic.

On Monday night, Whataburger is teaming up with the KSAT Community and the San Antonio Food Bank to provide something called "Oh Whata Night."  On that evening, all Bexar County Whataburger restaurants will offer 20 percent off all proceeds to fight hunger.

You can bet the Apple Core Ladies will be there too.

For more information on "Oh Whata Night," contact the San Antonio Food Bank at safoodbank.org.