Volunteer Spotlight: Red Wassenich


Red Wassenich

Hi, Red! Where's you're hometown?

I was born in Austin (1950) but lived in Ft Worth from ages 7-19, then back here. Two degrees from UT. Lived in NYC from '79-'84 then back here ever since.

How do you spend your time outside of volunteering?

I'm retired so I do whatever the hell I want. Gardening, writing, golf, the usual old man stuff.

Any unusual hobbies, skills, or talents?

I have possibly the world's largest collection of flattened cutlery. I'm the idiot who came up with Keep Austin Weird, so I have responsibilities in that realm.

How long have you been volunteering with KAF and what made you want to get involved?

I've been with KAF almost 3 years. I wanted a somewhat flexible opportunity, and KAF also combines two interests--helping those in need and promoting sustainability.

Do you have any memorable stories from food runs/drop-offs?

I drop off at the RBJ Center and occasionally go inside to deliver. There is always a line of seniors eagerly waiting for the food. It's both heartening to see KAF is really helping and sad that this kind of need exists.

What's your favorite thing about volunteering for KAF?

Fills a clear need in an efficient, low-bureaucracy way.

Do you have any fun tips for how you personally reduce food waste in your own home?

Learn to use old food to make stock. You'll end up with much better soups and other dishes. 

Andrea Duty