Volunteer Spotlight: Victoria Alcocer

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Victoria Alcocer

Where is your hometown?

I live in Austin.

How do you spend your time outside of volunteering?

I’m a junior at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. I play piano and drums. I am an EMS explorer with the Austin Travis County EMS.

Any unusual hobbies, skills, or talents?

Other than playing drums and piano, I love to cook, bake, and draw.

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

I have been volunteering with Keep Austin fed since June, and I plan on continuing to volunteer twice a week. My sister was an intern for them and showed me what it is. Feeding people whether it’s through cooking or volunteering has always been something that makes me really happy and Keep Austin Fed is a very rewarding way to do that.

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

My favorite memory is from a Trader Joe’s food run that I did with one of my friends in the pouring rain. We loaded 300 pounds of food into my car and got soaking wet. We arrived to the recipient, Outcry in the Barrio, and got out to start the unloading. As Outcry is a religious rehabilitation home, they seemed to be having a service or meeting of some sort. After arriving, I went inside to let them know we had donations. As we were opening the car to unload the food, a crowd of men in their dress clothes came out in the pouring rain to help us unload all of the food. There were so many of them willing and graciously helping us that we didn’t even have to carry any of the boxes. This moment may seem insignificant to some people, but to me, I had never been received with such kindness and appreciation. Moments like these are why I love volunteering for Keep Austin Fed.

What's your favorite thing about volunteering for KAF?

I love being able to, in 2 hours, help both the environment and the food insecure community. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the appreciation of the people that are receiving the food and knowing that you are actually helping them.

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

My family and I never buy anything that we are not going to eat, and when we make dinner, we eat the leftovers until they’re all gone.

What would you like add so that others can get to know you better?

I would like to add that this year I am going to try to see if my school can donate their food for Keep Austin Fed. This may be challenging or impossible due to the legalities of donating food, but I am going to do everything I can to do it. If this is not possible, I still am going to give a talk at my school about food waste, food insecurity in Austin, and Keep Austin Fed. Even if we can’t donate our food, I will still be lessening the amount of food waste we are producing by educating people on its effects, and hopefully I can help Keep Austin Fed grow by getting some of my peers to become food runners.

Erica Dallas