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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-day Adventist Community Center in Longview, Washington.

The couple are preparing for the center’s last food distribution day Dec. 31 before closing the program because they can’t find anyone to replace their volunteer effort. It is a problem nonprofits here and across the nation are facing: They are finding it hard to replace the corps of aging volunteers who make their work possible.

The Nesbits, both in their early 70s, are retiring from the leadership position to focus on their medical needs. After searching for two years, the church was unable to find replacements, so it is withdrawing from the FISH of Cowlitz County food program. [Read more]. 

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