by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Love, Jayde Photography

Feeding the Hungry

Three years ago, Becky Kwock became involved in a program that has changed her life and the lives of many Vista teens. “One day, I overheard there were kids who were hungry at school. A few days later, I received an email from Debbie Medrano soliciting volunteers for a newly formed group that was going to help feed hungry teens in Vista. I knew I had to do something,” revealed Becky. She decided to help Debbie, the president of Vista Teen Outreach, and is now the vice president of the organization. Becky oversees five of the 15 schools in the area that have food pantries – Rancho Buena Vista, Madison Middle, Trade Tech, VIDA, and New Haven. She coordinates food drives, works closely with school liaisons, and represents Vista Teen Outreach at the North County Food Policy Council meetings.

volunteer02Becky is thrilled about the strides the group has taken over the last several years. “When I mention my involvement with Vista Teen Outreach, people want to know how they can help. No one wants to see anyone hungry, especially children. My biggest accomplishment so far was being awarded first runner-up with DonorNation last year. I am especially proud of this, not because of where I placed, but because it increased awareness for Vista Teen Outreach,” stated Becky.

She is also involved with Encore Youth Theatre (the educational outreach program of the Moonlight Cultural Foundation), Women’s Resource Center – Oceanside, Boy Scout Troop #709, and the Rancho Buena Vista High School booster club for honor students. For her commitment to helping others, she recently received a California Senate Resolution for community volunteerism from the office of Senator Mark Wyland.

When Becky is not serving the local community, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Terry, and their two sons, both of whom currently reside in the San Francisco area. “I also love the performing arts and enjoy attending productions at the Moonlight Theatre, as well as the AVO Playhouse,” related Becky, who also enjoys traveling and trying different cuisines.

Becky encourages everyone to get involved in the community and volunteer. “There are many opportunities to volunteer with Vista Teen Outreach. For more information visit our website,” said Becky. There is also a fundraiser at Nucci’s Italian Restaurant on Jan. 27. For everyone who brings in canned food on that day, Nucci’s will donate 20% of their total bill to Vista Teen Outreach.

Name: Becky Kwock
Community: Vista
Volunteer Affiliation: Vista Teen Outreach
Profession: Finance/Accounting
Family: Married, two sons
Hobbies: Loves to travel and try different restaurants

Group: Vista Teen Outreach
Mission: Providing food to hungry teens through on-campus pantries that are supported by community donations