Lynn Johnson volunteers at the Shawano Area Food Center, a distribution site that supplies area food pantries.
Johnson was born and raised in Appleton, graduating from Fox Valley Lutheran High School.
She worked at Thrivent before marrying Al, her husband of 33 years. Together they ran their business, Badger Trucking, for 30 years, selling the business this year. Al is now pursuing other interests. They have two children and live in the town of Matteson.
Lynn Johnson gardens both flowers and vegetables. She has a large vegetable garden and does canning and freezing. “I love gardening,” she said.
Twice a month she also helps at the Clintonville Area Food Pantry.
The Johnsons donated a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck to the food bank. The truck is used to get the food from Reinhart’s. It has over 450,000 miles on it but works great for the short trip.
Q How did you get started helping at the Shawano Area Food Center?
A “Through John Hill. We knew him over 20 years ago. We lived on a farmette that was in the Hill family and also through our business. I worked with our trucking business since we started in 1983. In 2009 I was no longer working with the trucking. I always wanted to do some volunteer work if I had the time. One day John called and said he was starting a food center and did I want to help. I’ve been here ever since.”
Q What do you do?
A “I help with sorting and organizing food to help the people who come in from the food pantries with their selections and help them load their stuff in their cars, vans or pickup trucks. We can always grab a broom. I also do the scheduling for the volunteers here. I do a month-by-month schedule. I enjoy doing that. We have 22 pantries that we serve. We get donations from Reinhart’s once a week and from Charlie’s twice a week. There’s more need. The number of the families served has increased.”
Q How many volunteers are there?
A “We have eight to 10. We have a solid group right now. The volunteers work hard here. I would say most of them have been here from the beginning. We like to help people in need.”
Q Why do you volunteer?
A “I was always very busy working. I said if I was blessed enough to have enough time, I would volunteer. I get a very rewarding feeling. I’m helping people who are less fortunate and need a helping hand.”