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Leah Sauer Service to the Community Award — This year’s recipient is Sharon Straus
The Leah Sauer Award is given in recognition of a gracious and beautiful woman who was a true champion for American Mothers.
This year’s recipient is Sharon Straus founder of Sunshine Pantry. Sharon has been married for 42 years to her husband, Stewart. She has four sons and three grandchildren, adopted several children as adults, and hundreds look to her as their adopted mother and grandmother.
Thirty years ago, in 1982, Sharon coordinated a Cub Scout Pack needy family project that assisted six families in the neighborhood at Christmas. Over the next years, she saw a need for food more than just at Christmas time, so she started feeding people out of her garage year-round. The project grew, she adopted the name Sunshine Pantry, and eventually she moved to a 3,500 square feet facility where, with the help of over a hundred volunteers, she helps 50 families a day.
“Our main focus is the family. In the hour of crisis, we believe no child should go to bed hungry.” And she still does not charge a dime to anyone.