Food bank manager to retire
A familiar face at the Estacada Area Food Bank will soon hang up her hat.
Barbara Shibley, the food bank's director, general manager and volunteer coordinator, will retire next month, and the Estacada Area Food Bank's board of directors is in the process of searching for someone to fill her role.
Shibley has been involved with the Estacada Area Food Bank since 2008. After retiring from a career in church administration, she wanted to begin volunteering in the Estacada community.
Her role in the food bank has evolved with time.
"At first, the need was for packing food," she said. "Then management became the focus."
Today, Shibley oversees the daily operations of the food bank at 272 S. Broadway St., whether that's coordinating volunteers or ensuring that the proper amount of food and supplies are in place.
"We serve 250 households each month, and 25-35 households each day," Shibley said of the food bank, which is open Tuesdays and Fridays and primarily serves residents of Estacada, Eagle Creek and Colton.
When reflecting on her time at the food bank, Shibley said that the community's generosity stands out to her.
"We have individuals and businesses who have been supporting the food bank financially for years," she said. "It helps with the job to know that there are people behind you."
In addition to donations from businesses, the food bank also receives produce grown at the Seed Garden at Estacada Middle School.
There's one memory of community members supporting the food bank that particularly touched Shibley.
"A mother and two young kids walked in, and the children were carrying two big bags of coins," she recalled. "They said, these are for you. We got them from our lemonade and cookie stand. Their mom said they could have the stand, but they had to donate half of the money they made, and the children chose the food bank."
Shibley has also enjoyed working with her fellow volunteers.
"I've met a lot of wonderful volunteers, a lot of committed volunteers," she said. "Anywhere from a person who does two hours a month to someone who gives 60-90 hours a month. Working with them has really been a pleasure."
Dave Piper, previous chairman of the Estacada Area Food Bank's board of directors, praised Shibley for her work with the organization's volunteers.
"Barbara has a passion for helping people and the ability to organize people to work toward a common goal," he said. "(The food bank) is a volunteer organization. Finding folks to commit to volunteering is a major part of her job."
Shibley believes the food bank plays a valuable role in highlighting Estacada's community needs. Of the people served at the food bank each month, 150 are children.
"How do we respond to food insecurity?" she asked. "That's a big issue and it's not going to go away. For a lot of people, they're not aware of the fact that so many people need help in Estacada. If we don't see it, then we don't know about it."
She encourages anyone interested in volunteering at the food bank to get involved. There is a particular need for volunteers who can work half-day shifts on Tuesdays and Fridays.
"(The food bank is) a place to come and work where you're really needed," she added.
Once she retires, Shibley will particularly miss collaborating with the food bank's volunteers.
"We've worked together for many a year," she said.
The Estacada Area Food Bank is open from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 272 S. Broadway St. For more information, call 503-630-2888 or visit www.estacadafoodbank.org.