This past Thursday, the William Tuffs Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented Dave Hochstetler with a Community Service award for his work with Seed to Feed. The celebration (a huge surprise for Dave) was held at Church Community Services with several members of CCS staff and a few members of the local chapter on hand. Beth Thurston, chairperson of the Community Service Award Committee, provided a history of the national DAR organization and the local chapter, and presented Dave with a certificate and pin.
The NSDAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. The Community Service award is presented yearly to someone who has demonstrated outstanding community service. The local DAR chapter selected Dave to receive this award, and nominated him to the state chairman of the Community Service Awards Committee. With state approval, the nomination was sent to the national organization, which provided the award.
In the presentation of the award, Thurston described how the Seed to Feed program has grown with Dave’s guidance. She noted that he “is helping to bring the community together for a noble cause, while helping to eradicate hunger in Elkhart County, Indiana.” Seed to Feed Co-Coordinator, Katie Jantzen, affirmed the award, saying, “Dave has dedicated a great deal of time and effort to the development of Seed to Feed. From working in the gardens to giving public presentations about the program, Seed to Feed would not be what it is today without Dave’s leadership and desire to give back to the community.”