Stephanie's Heroes: Doris Swenson

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

February 3, 2014

A Greene County woman is going above and beyond to feed people in need. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Doris Swenson. She plays an instrumental role in the Tuesday's Table program which helps to feed hundreds of people in Greene County each week.

Every Tuesday you can find Doris Swenson at Stanardsville United Methodist Church volunteering her time to put on Tuesday's Table.

"I've been blessed and very fortunate. I'd like to be able to share it with other people," said Doris Swenson, Coordinator, Tuesday's Table.

Tuesday's Table has been going on for about 10 years. People can come and pick up a hot meal for themselves and their families. If they can't make it out, volunteers box up the food and deliver it to folks who are shut in.

"What we hope to do is to do several things to stretch their budget so that they can have more to eat or have money to put toward their necessities like rent and utilities," said Swenson.

Michael Messineo has been getting dinner from Tuesday's Table for a couple of years. He says for many people, it's often the difference between eating and going hungry.

"It's important because it's another meal that you can plan on every week.The way people are struggling, it's just hard on people right now," said Michael Messineo, Tuesday's Table Recipient.

From filling the to-go plates on the assembly line to bagging the food, this operation often looks like a well-oiled machine. However, volunteers who work with Swenson say she does so much more that's not visible to keep this program running smoothly.

"Doris puts a lot of her time into this and we don't see that either. We see her here on Tuesday, but we don't think about all the planning that goes into this. It's all part of being the director of this," said Mary Jefferies, Volunteer, Tuesday's Table.

Although, coordinating Tuesday's Table is a lot of hard work, she says there's no other place she'd rather be.

Because of that dedication, many people call Doris Swenson their hero, but she doesn't agree.

"I don't think of myself as a hero. I just think it's something l love to do," said Swenson.

She says feeding the community is a labor of love. It's one that she hopes to continue until there's no longer a need.

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