Didrik’s Summer of Giving

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Food Bank, Kung Food Fighters, Newsy, Volunteer Opportunities

Creative parenting and great kids are always inspiring.

That’s why we wanted to share this heartwarming story of Fred and Didrik and how their innovation helped feed families this summer.

Didrik, a thoughtful 16 year old, lives in Sweden with his mom for most of the year. He spent six weeks visiting his dad, Fred during his summer break, and wanted to earn some money during his visit. Fred searched in advance for opportunities and couldn’t find any organizations willing to hire a teenager for such a short term.  That’s when Fred got creative and we’re so glad he did!

“Well, what can I do here?” Fred says, “And then it just dawned on me that Food Bank of the Rockies is right down the street from where we live.” He made Didrik a proposal.

Fred offered to pay Didrik for volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver warehouse, as long as Didrik came in on a regular schedule and contributed 10% of what he made back to the food bank at the end of his stay.  This win-win-win situation gave Didrik a chance to learn about working with diverse people in a warehouse setting. His donation will help FBR provide 700 meals for hungry families. And the hours he contributed to help us in our warehouse are priceless.

“I would definitely recommend this as a great work experience,” Didrik tells us.  “You learn a lot and learn how to work with people. This was an awesome work experience for me.”

Thank you Didrik and Fred for coming up with this creative opportunity.  We’re inspired by your terrific idea and hope other families will be inspired too!

Together, we can solve hunger.

Want to learn how you, your family or organization can volunteer?  Visit our volunteer page! We’re always looking for good people who want to give their time.

 

Watch Didrik’s story.