As a Navy kid whose family settled north of Seattle, Eva Wolf loves to cook and recalls “being my Dad’s sous chef” growing up.
“I heard about St. Johns Food Share from my neighbors across the street, who would sometimes bring us excess fruit, veggies, and bread they couldn’t get through,” Eva says. “I had seen the sign at the old location, but hadn’t ever ventured in to find out what they did.”
Eva serves as music director for her North Portland church and sings in the Portland Opera Chorus. She is the mother of two young children, and her family of four is thriving on the St. Johns Food Share experience. “In the past at a grocery store I’d pick up pretty sparse fresh veggies – and fruit – mostly just apples, bananas (the cheapest fruit!),” Eva says. “We’d get celery, carrots, and whatever green was on sale that week. Now I can barely use veggies fast enough!”
Sustainability is a core value of St. Johns Food Share, an important draw for many members. Eva says, “It has always disturbed me how much food waste I see in our world – I remember watching friends throw away half their school lunches and being shocked. I love that we are helping alleviate waste by gleaning what is still perfectly good, if not “sellable.”
Eva is at home with her 2-year-old daughter almost full time, so her work at St. Johns Food Share is easy to schedule. On Tuesdays you’ll see Eva driving the truck on its regular delivery route – an important duty with lots of variety. Before taking on the route, she would drop her son at school and help with store set up and opening, “when we usually needed some extra hands.”
“We shop on Mondays and occasionally Fridays. My cooking skills have expanded and I have fun with some of the unfamiliar ingredients I find! I cook a lot of Chinese and other Asian styles (my paternal grandmother was Chinese). It’s my easy go-to for almost any meal. It’s so thrilling when bitter melon or Japanese eggplant shows up at the store!”