Volunteer Profile: Anna Perris Rigoutsos & Franklin Rigoutsos
Anna and Franklin are a mother-and-son volunteer duo who have served with Food Bank For New York City since 2019. Together they have served more than 100 hours.
Why is Food Bank’s mission important to you?
A: I support Food Bank’s mission because access to food is a basic need that I believe should be available to all New Yorkers.
F: I read the memoir, Free Lunch, where the author discusses his experiences as a food-insecure kid. It made me understand the importance of eliminating food insecurity.
What was your most memorable moment while serving with Food Bank?
F: During pantry distribution, I was able to translate, answer questions, and communicate in Spanish. It was rewarding to use what I learned in school to be able to help others.
Tell us about a meal that is special to you and your family.
A: A favorite meal for both of us is Thanksgiving dinner. My mother is an amazing cook and prepares a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes. It is a meal we look forward to all year and we are so thankful for the work she does to prepare it for us.
Who inspires you to serve?
A: I’m inspired to serve by Franklin. As a parent, I want to teach Franklin to be involved in and contribute to our community. The best way I can do this is by my example.
F: During pantry distribution, people are so appreciative that it inspires me to keep showing up to serve my community.