MaryFrances Schurb was on the Loaves & Fishes Board of Directors for 15 years and remains a loyal donor to this day. Her support for the organization goes back to one meaningful evening when she was helping serve dinner in St. Paul.
The serving team was just about to call for seconds when a gentleman, still in his work clothes, came running in.
“He asked ‘Have you done seconds yet?’ We were just about to and he said, ‘Please just a minute.’ Behind him was his wife, still in her scrubs, and their three children,” MaryFrances explained. “Clearly they were both working, but he said, ‘If my kids can’t be here tonight then I don’t have anything to feed them.’”
That night has kept her coming back to the mission.
“It’s about families who are trying to provide for their children. Often working parents.” said MaryFrances.
A connection with current Loaves & Fishes board member got MaryFrances her start when she decided she wanted to find a way to get more involved in community outreach. She said a love of cooking and bringing people together at a common table were factors for first getting involved. Even though her board tenure is now over, MaryFrances continues to give a few times a year through her Donor-Advised Fund. She designates the money to be used as the staff sees fit, as she believes they know how to best use the donation.
“This work is for our community,” said MaryFrances. “It’s for people who go hungry. Nobody should be hungry.”