We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend Tim Hedrick on Saturday, April 23 following complications from prostate cancer.
Tim was a longtime supporter of the Freestore Foodbank and most importantly, a friend. Tim wanted to utilize his platform to help make a difference in the community, and that is exactly what he did. He served as a spokesperson for Check-Out Hunger –our annual holiday campaign with Kroger.
Tim also served as a spokesperson for the Rubber Duck Regatta for countless years, sharing stories of hunger in our community and encouraging others to get involved. Tim’s ongoing support truly made a difference, helping to feed hundreds of thousands of children and families in our community.
“Tim’s daughter interned at the Freestore Foodbank for a summer,” recalled Freestore Foodbank President and CEO Kurt Reiber. “He realized that there were over 100,000 kids that are hungry in our community, and that really disturbed him. He really took it to heart. He wanted to make a difference, and I think that’s a foundation that he has laid for us. When you think about the people who are associated with the Rubber Duck Regatta – Bob Edwards and Tim Hedrick – it’s icons of our community, people who have given themselves for the betterment of our community and the families that live here.”
Tim’s kindness and enthusiasm were contagious. We will miss working with our dear friend and we are forever grateful for the time, talent, compassion and comradery that he shared with us to help make our community a better place to live.
Our thoughts are with Tim’s wife and three children and his Local 12 family as we all mourn this tremendous loss.