The Meat Man



I am VOA.


When my wife Donna said she was going to start volunteering at the Everett Food Bank last year, I told her to sign me up as well.


I am known as the meat man. Every morning and all day long, I sort and bag meat to be given out to clients. Also, before I leave for the day, I make sure the bins are washed.


I was born and raised in Silver Lake, South Everett. I started working on the docks in the 60’s and did so for 45 years. After retiring at 62, I started joining my wife Donna at the volunteer jobs that she took on. It feels good to do something for others.


I don’t like sitting around. It is how I was raised. At a young age, I started working at my Dad's store. He raised me to help people who couldn’t help themselves.


I volunteer at golf tournaments, youth football and most recently at our local little league t-ball.


It is wonderful to be at the Everett Food Bank helping out. I logged just over 700 hours last year and don’t see why I can’t do the same this year. My hours spent there are truly fulfilling and I am happy to be there with my wife Donna.


Ron Thornberry's story appears as part of our #IAmVOA campaign.

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