Gerald Syrba

During National Volunteer Week this past April, Food Bank volunteer Gerald “Gerry” Syrba, was honored with the President’s Call to Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The honor is reserved for those who have volunteered 4,000 hours or more over a lifetime. Gerry reached that level last November, after 15 years of Food Bank volunteering. During his participation of working on assembling assorted food boxes, over 8,000 food boxes were made with some 240,000 pounds of food. Food Bank service alone qualified Gerry for the prestigious award, which includes a personalized certificate and letter from President Obama. However, “the Food Box King” doesn’t restrict his efforts to the Food Bank. He also donated time to the Spectrum Visiting Nurses Association and the Sight Seer Radio Reading Service for the blind. A retired teacher, Gerry is the father of four and grandfather of nine. He and his wife Fran live in Grand Rapids where, in addition to volunteering, he enjoys gardening, “but not so much mowing the lawn.”