Chuck Johnson Recognized with the 2017 Betty Van Hook Award

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Food Bank, Newsy, Volunteer Opportunities



Each year, we select one outstanding volunteer who exemplifies Betty’s enthusiasm, heart and commitment. We are pleased to present this year’s award to Chuck Johnson.

Six years ago, Chuck was down on his luck. Unemployed and fighting depression, he sat in church one Sunday morning and noticed a flyer. His church could get additional food credits for their pantry when people volunteered on their behalf at Food Bank of the Rockies. Chuck decided to give it a try. He met with Vic, FBR’s Reclamation Specialist at the time, who partnered him with Ron Torpy and Paul Berteau, both Betty Van Hook award recipients. Chuck felt welcome and found his volunteer home. Vic nicknamed the three his “A Team.” Chuck knew his work made a difference, not only for the food bank and his church’s pantry, but also for his spirit.

A year later, he found a new job and continued to volunteer on Saturdays. Now retired, we are lucky to have Chuck volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays too.

Since 2011, Chuck has contributed more than 1,400 hours to help us feed hungry people. His pantry has distributed almost 23,000 more meals because of his efforts. We appreciate his kindness and are so grateful he’s part of our volunteer family. Congratulations Chuck!