Second Harvest Food Bank Person of the YearLourdes
Ortiz-Serrano from Deltona Spanish SDA
Lourdes Ortiz Serrano from Deltona Spanish SDA has a
lifelong passion to help feed people, especially those who face other struggles
other than food insecurity. She directs one of the largest agencies in West
Volusia, feeding the community thru regular distributions and monthly mobile
Lourdes recognizes the large population of migrant workers
in the Pierson area of Volusia County. Not only are these families facing food
insecurity and low income, they also struggle with transportation, a language
and cultural barrier and other struggles.
Lourdes worked with Second Harvest Staff to bring food to
these families by hosting monthly mobile drop distributions in the Pierson
area. She recruited over 40 volunteers to travel to that area to help
distribute food to that needy community thru a mobile distribution. She serves
over 200 families at these drops and is making an impact in that community.
This is on top of her distributions in the West Volusia area.
We had another partner agency in Pierson that wanted to do a
drop but had never had one so once again Lourdes to the rescue, she arrived at
the first drop for Pierson United Methodist and worked with them throughout the
day to ensure it was a smooth distribution.
Lourdes is a special person who continues to put the needs
of others before her own. She is passionate about improving the lives of others
and is always ready to lend a hand to help Second Harvest Food Bank and those
in need in Volusia County.
Congratulations to Lourdes Ortiz-Serrano for being awarded the 2019 Person of the Year.