Marion Polk Food Share lost our longtime friends and supporters Conrad and Muriel Stieber at the end of 2014. Conrad and Muriel left behind a legacy of service to the community. “They were passionate about many local causes,” says Rick Gaupo, President of the Food Share.
Hunger relief was a particular devotion for Conrad. He served on the Board of Directors at the Food Share from 1995 – 2008. During this time he lead the move to our current building, dramatically increasing our ability to feed hungry families.
Conrad oversaw the creation of the Community Gardens program, which now counts more than 50 gardens, and the construction of the Community Kitchen, which serves as a both a production kitchen for the Better Burgers and a training kitchen for home cooks. “He was always a caring and loving person who wanted the best for people,” explains Karoline Waggle, Conrad’s daughter.
“Their passing is a tremendous loss to our community,” says Gaupo. “Their legacy lives on in the causes they cared about. Today we are preparing and packaging food in the Community Kitchen that will go out to people in need. Families are growing their own fresh produce at Community Gardens. Conrad and Muriel made that possible. We are very grateful for their leadership, guidance and support.”