Food Assistance Program
In honor of Eileen Becker
Our Eileen Becker Food Assistance Program offers low income families in Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties with food from the food bank. This program takes place the last Wednesday of every month at Casa de Amistad from 4-8PM.
Eileen became a friend, supporter and board member for Casa de Amistad from the very beginning. The food distribution program, which began in 2012, was something that Eileen strongly supported and was looking forward to. Eileen gave the very first donation to support this program. Sadly, Eileen passed away on June 9, 2012; just a few weeks away from our first food distribution. Today we continue assisting families through this program in memory of our friend Eileen.
A native of Albany, Georgia, Mrs. Becker studied stenography at Georgia Southwestern College and business administration at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She worked as a clerk and stenographer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., during World War II. There, she met the love of her life, Alfred Becker, shortly after the war. Eileen and Al spent three decades traveling the world as Al served in the U.S. Foreign Service in Colombia, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Chile, and later, during Al’s tenure as a professor at the State University College of New York at Buffalo, in Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Siena, Italy. After Al and Eileen retired to Athens in 1986, they joined Covenant Presbyterian Church. Eileen devoted much of her time to church activities, especially those involving youth. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Athens Woman’s Club. After Al’s death in 2001, Eileen continued to be very active with many community groups focused on helping people, such as the Casa de Amistad. She remained an extraordinary traveler: in her 80′s, she visited Alaska, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, and returned to Guatemala where she and her family had lived in the 1950′s. Eileen’s generosity and positive spirit were an inspiration to many. While recovering from a shoulder replacement, she was planning her return to church activities and to travel to China.
Please support this program by donating using the link below: