Volunteer Anna Lebron plays a very important role in The Food Depot’s Resource Navigation Program. A native Spanish speaker, Anna translates documents into Spanish and helps individuals who are most comfortable speaking Spanish gain access to available resources, like help with SNAP enrollment, utility bills, childcare and more. Anna’s support and bilingual skills have helped The Food Depot better provide equal access for all. Read below to find out more about Anna’s story!
• What inspires you to volunteer?
As a single mother who had migrated to Santa Fe recently with a 2-year-old boy, I had to experience many financial challenges where I was not sure I was going to be able to provide the basic feeding needs for my own son. In my opinion, that is one of the scariest feelings a parent can face when raising children. I know first hand how hard sometimes it is to ask for help. But once you have the courage to do so, it is beautiful to see so many people, “strangers” who do not know you, reach out and try to help in any way they can. They helped me when I needed it the most. Most importantly, they gave me HOPE. So I was able to keep working on getting a more stable financial situation for my little family. When the pandemic hit us last March, I learnt many of our families were suffering significantly. That became my chance to give back to my community. The community that helped me before needed me now.
• What something that has surprised you while volunteering, or what is your favorite part?
My favorite part of volunteering is getting to know my families, talking to them and trying to problem solve together whatever they are facing. I believe The Food Depot volunteers bring that Hope that some families need when experiencing stressful family situations. The most surprising thing about my volunteer work with The Food Depot has been witnessing how generous the community can be when I reach out. People understand and are willing to help even with their limited resources. They still want to give.
• Is there anything else you’d like to share with our larger community?
I would encourage people to volunteer with The Food Depot. We all can help in so many ways. Giving is such a wonderful and powerful gift. We all have that Super Power. We all may use that help some time some day.
• What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I work for the Santa Fe Public Schools District as a Bilingual English-Spanish Speech and Language Pathologist. I assist students of different ages with communication disorders. Special Education children are my true passion. They are my SuperHeroes.