THIS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH, WE THANK PETE NEBHUT, ONE OF OUR LONGEST-SERVING VOLUNTEERS FOR HIS DEDICATION TO OUR MISSION.
Pete Nebhut’s favorite thing about working at the food bank is that he can’t be fired.
The 84-year-old Nashville native is one of our longest-serving volunteers, yet his contributions go above and beyond what we normally expect from a volunteer.
He donates time, brings in food, and most notably, manages his own portfolio of 125 donors.
His combined efforts have provided over 5,120,000 meals for those facing hunger in Middle Tennessee.
And it all started with a dozen turkeys.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Pete first read about Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in the newspaper around Thanksgiving in 1997. After learning about the need in our community, he anonymously brought 12 turkeys to our distribution center.
The next month, he donated jars of peanut butter just before Christmas. This time he came inside, met the then head of development and asked, “How can I help?”
Since then, he’s been an advocate of our mission for over 20 years.
Pete will use any opportunity to talk about Second Harvest. He takes anyone who is even slightly interested on a tour and carries our tomato sauce in his car as a conversation starter.
He’s so eager to talk about Second Harvest that his wife created a rule that he’s not allowed to bring it up at parties.
Turns out, it’s a hard rule to follow.
“We went to a big wedding five or six years ago with a seated dinner afterwards. My wife made me promise that I would not bring up Second Harvest,” Pete said. “As we sat down, the lady next to me asked, ‘Pete what are you doing with yourself?’ I turned to Judy, my wife, and said, ‘She asked me, so I’ve got to be honest.'”
For the next hour, Pete told the woman about Second Harvest and the time he was dedicating to feeding hungry people in need.
That woman later joined our Board of Directors.
Pete’s right, he can’t be fired, but with this kind of dedication, we would never want to part with him.
If you’d like to donate your time to our mission like Pete has, consider signing up for a volunteer shift.