(Community) Service with a Smile

Lake City Hunger Hero

Since North Helpline/Lake City Food Bank’s inception in 2001, Bob Hathaway has been one of our biggest supporters. He gives of his time, his resources, and most importantly, his heart.

As soon as word went out that a new food bank was coming to his community, Bob began making inquiries to see what it was he could do to help. He began by helping set up the configuration for the food bank distribution lines. He used his expertise from years in the restaurant industry to make the process as humane and efficient as possible in a relatively small space. “It’s hard enough to go through a tough financial time,” he explains. “I wanted to create an environment that respected the dignity of the clients who used it.”

When the food bank was finally ready to open our doors, Bob volunteered to order all of the food that would be needed to be able to distribute well rounded, nutritional meals to all of the families that came to the food bank. He not only set up the food for ease in distribution every Friday and Saturday, but he made sure he was here to continually stock the selections as the food was distributed.

Bob was also one of the original Board of Directors members and only resigned several years ago as he started to pursue a college degree. Today, he continues to come in every Saturday without fail to stock the tables and direct the volunteers on distribution day. Throughout the years, as we have gone from serving 150 to 650 families each week, Bob has been here to help configure new line ups to make sure people not only have choices but that they are served in an efficient and comfortable manner.

Bob works at the Wedgwood Alehouse and has raised thousands of dollars for North Helpline through their annual golf tournament. He also convinced the restaurant to host a “dine-out” event to benefit North Helpline/Lake City Foodbank. He has made it his mission to let all of the Alehouse’s customers know about the work that is done at the food bank and the ways in which they might help.

The food bank relies on over 200 volunteers each week to keep operations running smoothly. Bob has taken every opportunity to recruit family, friends and even complete strangers to volunteer their time at North Helpline. And we have received thousands of dollars in donations because Bob makes sure those he comes in contact with know of our service to the community. He has a food barrel at the restaurant which his customers continue to fill every month to help replenish our food needs.

Despite working full time and attending college, he has given over 5000 hours of his time to eliminating hunger in his community. Bob is an invaluable volunteer and friend to the North Helpline and his commitment to people in need is truly unparalleled.

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Verginia Aylesworth says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 6:34 AM

Way to go Bob! Always knew you were a great guy and a real special person to all who help others. Love ya much.

Socheata says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 8:39 AM

Great job Bob! You were always there when someone needed help. On behalf of our community, we thank you for all your time and effort. You deserve to win this scholarship. Go Bob!

Janis McKee says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 9:32 AM

As someone who has known Bob for years, I can honestly say he deserves all the kudos! Unselfish describes him very well...Hope you win, Bob!

Eastside Dan says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 9:40 AM

What a great story about a true local hero. There is a special place in heaven for those who help the poor. Congratulations, Bob!

Carolyn says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 9:54 AM

Bob is amazing. He has dedicated much of his life for many years to helping the hungry eat. He is my hero!

Kay Hardie says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 10:44 AM

I can't say enough about Bob. As the Food Bank Manager I always breath a sigh of relief when I see him come as he soon has everything running even smoother. He is NHL's hero. No one deserves this reward more.

Alla says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 11:21 AM

Helping people is unpriced. Bob you deserve this reward.

Dee Snider says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 1:23 PM

I honestly don't know Bob all that well, but even with that lack of knowledge, it's very easy to know how committed he is to the food bank. He also has the amazing ability to make you WANT to volunteer and help out. Truly a caring and giving person

Sara Stapleton says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 2:13 PM

Bob's work with the food bank is representative of what a kind, caring and giving person he is, which extends to how he works with his college classmates - always helping out when he can and always with a smile. He truly deserves this scholarship.

Lynda says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 2:13 PM

Bob is not only a hard worker and a nice person, he's great to work with--he always makes you feel good when he's around.

Don McKee says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 2:34 PM

Words cannot do justice to the years of time and energy Bob has spent on behalf of others. Nor can they do justice to the love and encouragement he dispenses to them daily along the way..

Jim G says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 5:30 PM

Bob's truly dedicated to this effort and spends countless hours (in addition to school) working in varous ways to help expand the reach of this fine organization.

Dianne A says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 6:28 PM

Bob truely has a heart for giving, and knows and respects all those that are down and out. We don't always know what tomorrow will bring. Your a true hero, Bob. Congratulations!

Michele says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 7:00 PM

There are many committed and compassionate volunteers at the Lake City Foodbank, but Bob still stands out for his heartfelt dedication, kindness, generosity, patience and mentoring. He makes what can seem impossible possible and brings a smile to all

jill beppu says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 7:06 PM

For me, Bob doesn't ask me how he can help, he just jumps in and helps. He seems attuned to the needs of people and is gracious in his offering of help to all. If there were a person that has the spirit and heart of the community first, that be Bob.

Karen Schaeffer says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 10:10 PM

North Helpline is indeed blessed to have Bob as one of its main champions! He exemplifies the quote by Mother Teresa: I do what I can where I am with what I have. He is a hero in the truest sense of the word.

Chris McKee says ... on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 11:16 PM

I can honestly say that out of anyone I know, Bob deserves this, from his dedication and great help he has provided to the food bank, to his generous-giving personality, he definately deserves this! Way To Go Bob!

Joanie Hathaway says ... on Thursday, Aug 27 at 8:50 AM

The fact that Bob has spent so many years volunteering his time and efforts to this great cause is worth this recognition. Bob has kept his commitment to others in the forefront of his daily life. Thanks for all you do, Bob!

Debra Clark says ... on Thursday, Aug 27 at 12:20 PM

Bob is an inspiration to everyone he comes in contact with. Bob is an amazing resource for the North Helpline/Lake City Food Bank. The food bank is a lucky to have Bob and many are lucky to know him. You deserve all the kudos! God bless you Bob.

Kathy in Minnesota says ... on Thursday, Aug 27 at 12:50 PM

You are a true example of what giving of our time, talent and treasure can do in our communities. Mother Theresa said "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." I am proud of you. God Bless you and your work.

JayC says ... on Thursday, Aug 27 at 1:20 PM

If every neighborhood had a Bob Hathaway, the world would a better place. Congrats Bob!!

Rob Brewer says ... on Thursday, Aug 27 at 2:11 PM

I started volunteering at the Lake City Food Bank some seven years ago, directly helping Bob set up and get things started. His example led me to volunteer more and more now working some 25 hours a week. Thank you Bob for your great leadership!

John Fry says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 8:43 AM

It should be said that for many years Bob would volunteer for several hours every Friday and Saturdays and THEN go to his restaurant job and work yet another shift. His commitment to our community and LC Food Bank is truly appreciated.

John Hathaway says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 1:55 PM

Bob took his talent of cooking, organization and motivating people and turn it into a true force at Lake City Food Bank. He is a hero to us all.

Teresa Swan says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 2:01 PM

Bob is the silent big hero type. He never mentions his long hours, hard work and passion in helping others. He does it with a big smile, energy and charm. Time for Bob to be recognized!

Genevieve Hathaway says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 2:03 PM

Bob throws his heart, soul and passion into helping those who have fallen on a little harder times. He works so hard to make a difference in other people's lives. He truly deserves this scholarship!

David H says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 2:12 PM

Instead of enjoying his days off from his full-time job, Bob has been at the food bank making certain that his clients went home with good meals in their cupboards and knowing that someone cares.

Ashley Birmingham says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 2:21 PM

Thank you for everything that you do Bob! Lake City is lucky to have you.

Laurel says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 2:25 PM

Just amazing! keep up the fantastic work!

Emily says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 2:58 PM

what an inspiration to help others!

Jeff H. says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 3:39 PM

Well deserved Bob, good luck! 5,000 hours is incredible.

Christina says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 4:12 PM

Wow. I'm so impressed with all that you do. Thanks for the inspiriation!

Elizabeth Clawson says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 7:12 PM

I'm officially inspired. Way to go Bob!

Judy H says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 8:55 PM

Bob is truly an amazing person.He doesn't ask why, he just does. He is always there to lend a helping hand, I am blessed to have him in my life. I love you Bob. Keep up the good work.

Mary from Denver says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 9:13 PM

Bob is absolutely fabulous. I loved him the first time I met him...he always comes around when he knows I'm in town.....Bob is Great,,,,,,,,Keep up the good work Bob

Dean from Denver says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 9:16 PM

Bob you are great, who else would come out at mid night on xmas eve to wish his brother & sister in law a Merry Christmas...& meet my wife Mary & me from Denver..nobody but you Bob, what a great brother & a very nice guy...

David Hathaway says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 9:39 PM

You are amazing! You care so much for other people and place them before yourself! We all love you :)

Fabio Arevalo says ... on Saturday, Aug 29 at 5:45 PM

Felicitaciones ! Bob you are Mr. Volunteer. You deserve the title and much more. Thank you for all the help to the community.

John Reed says ... on Sunday, Aug 30 at 2:05 PM

It's been my pleasure, er...it's been my privilege, er...I've known Bob for many years and once you get beyond his dry, er...arid sense of humor you begin to realize what a truly kind, gentle and giving soul he is. He is truly an inspiration to all.

jh says ... on Monday, Aug 31 at 12:23 PM

bob is a true hero to the people he serves...he deserves this award

Ryan Lee says ... on Monday, Aug 31 at 2:22 PM

Bob is an amazing, hard working character with a great sense of humor. His energy and kindness is unmatched.

Jane Goforth says ... on Monday, Aug 31 at 2:40 PM

I have been so impressed by the cheerful and generous help Bob has given in his college classes to so many of his fellow students who are struggling to understand the concepts. He's a great tutor, a caring friend, and absolutely deserving.

Lisa Minkove says ... on Tuesday, Sep 1 at 8:59 AM

He sets a good example with his leadership on how people can get involved in there communities to make a difference.

Ellie Mohr says ... on Tuesday, Sep 1 at 12:11 PM

It's inspirational watching you work...moving twice as fast as anyone else...accomplishing much. You are one super volunteer! I hope you win this award. We all know you deserve it.

Gordon B. says ... on Tuesday, Sep 1 at 2:39 PM

Rob really does all that. And he runs a great neighborhood restaurant/alehouse as well.

Chris Roberts says ... on Tuesday, Sep 1 at 4:10 PM

Bob is a great guy all around. He has a big heart and he is ruthlessly consistent with it.

mattw says ... on Tuesday, Sep 1 at 5:54 PM

Bob is a caring and generous individual whose dedication is a model to those who know him. Great job!

alison says ... on Tuesday, Sep 1 at 11:50 PM

all votes for him

Nancy Plunkett says ... on Wednesday, Sep 2 at 3:55 AM

Bob puts his energy into "walking the walk!" Whether it's being there to lift and carry or to rally friends and coworkers to give generously to help others, Bob's "can do" is contagious!! Well deserved recognition of a true unsung hero!

Laura H. says ... on Friday, Sep 4 at 7:40 AM

you are such a great example of a hero, thank you for all that you do

Big Wave Dave says ... on Friday, Sep 4 at 10:43 AM

Bob is a great example of a hero!

Marianne says ... on Friday, Sep 4 at 1:34 PM

It's been great working with Bob all these years, and when he's at the Food Bank I know things are under control. A hard worker dedicated to making life a little easier for many clients. A deserving applicant.

Sandi says ... on Monday, Sep 7 at 4:30 PM

Bob makes it happen every week. He's funny yet always respectful to the client. His hard work is a wonderful example to everyone there. His commitment is to be admired. He's so worthy of this honor.

Lillian EDmondson says ... on Tuesday, Dec 29 at 8:12 PM

Bob is a hero to many .

Kris says ... on Tuesday, Dec 29 at 10:23 PM

Bob has great enthusiasm for his volunteer work - is always very involved, sincere, and outgoing in whatever environment he is in.

Verginia Aylesworth says ... on Wednesday, Dec 30 at 8:52 PM

Bob is special, and has compassion for all around him. He should get support of many for this honor and award.

t. Swan says ... on Thursday, Dec 31 at 12:28 PM

Please choose Bob. He consistently volunteers over a long time which is more important than someone who does one volunteer project that has high profile!

Rob Paulson says ... on Thursday, Dec 31 at 11:02 PM

A vote for Bob is just! Here's a chance to see the good guy win and get a little recognition and reward.

Marianne says ... on Friday, Jan 1 at 9:26 PM

Another year begins with my working with Bob and I know all is well when he's at the Food Bank. A great volunteer for many years, Bob is a role model combining school, work, and giving of his time. What we do without you!

Lynlee says ... on Tuesday, Jan 5 at 3:47 PM

Congatulations, you really deserve this. You are always such a help to me when I am working the Baby Cupboard. You always do what needs to be done with a smile and a good sense of humor.

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