Food bank founder Bob Randels dies at 72


We were talking the other day about the young people who were once protesters of the 1960s counterculture, and how so many of them completely turned around on the ideals they once embraced and became adults. completely different. For many, the price of these ideals was either simply too high or it was too difficult to follow this path. Then you meet someone like Bob Randels, who found a way to keep these things, adapt them to the times, and really make a difference in the world. Bob Randels, died September 14e at the age of 72, has made a monumental difference in our community.

Randels started the South Central Michigan Food Bank in 1982 when they didn’t even exist. He retired in 2014.

“When I was still relatively new to radio, I met a man who was trying to help people by starting some kind of food bank in his garage. He wanted to feed those in need in the community or in as many communities as he could. He contacted me somehow, at the radio stations I worked for (then WKFR and WKNR in Battle Creek) and we started to think about advertising, public service and to the possibilities. Over the years, Bob Randels established and developed the Food Bank here in Calhoun County which now serves many counties in this part of Michigan and feeds tens of thousands of people in need. Back in the early ’80s, I’m sure even he didn’t realize that his step-by-step efforts would snowball into an organization that helps pantries, churches, other nonprofit groups and communities. people with food needs in several counties and even reaching out to food banks across the country.

“My father passed away this morning. We are overcome with intense grief and sadness, and my head continues to spin at the terrible and relentless speed of it all. He was a good man. A good man in the most critical and important sense of the word. Good in the sense that he performed all of the most important functions of a life – being a husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and more – piece by piece with care, gentleness and thoughtfulness. But also in the sense that the idea of ​​”doing good” “and” working for good “shaped his life’s work and his commitments.

He has dedicated his professional life to projects where it would be difficult to find other ways to earn a living more urgent for the world we find ourselves in. How many of us wake up each morning knowing that we are going to the office to do something more important and good than fighting the suffering brought by hunger in our community?

Dad found the very existence of hungry children intolerable. Which of course it is. No rationalization or argument could be made to justify any of us getting a good night’s sleep in a country with so much going on, when so many of our children are suffering needlessly. He has worked for decades – with great success – to try to convince us all of this simple and obvious equation.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to hear so many thoughtful and heartfelt thoughts from so many of you who knew him. As her son, I couldn’t be prouder of this good man. I needed to tell him more. I know it now too late.

He had so many tools in his toolkit, many of which seemed supernatural in their ability. He was a creative at heart, something that I think was encouraged by his mother, a teacher. But unlike so many creatives, he also had a strategic, tactical, logistical, and ‘getting things done’ mind to implement a plan and bring an idea to fruition. Much of this approach, I guess he learned from his own father, a superintendent.

As many of you who knew him shared with me over the past couple of days, so often those plans and the final realization of the idea would be accomplished by a legion of talented and intelligent volunteers gleaned from all walks of life. For decades, he brought together teams of organizers and partners, working across the community, doing good on their own terms. Of course, because Bob asked for it, but also because THEY needed it.

As his friend told me yesterday, Dad saw himself as the door opener people already wanted to go through.

He was just giving people the opportunity to be the good they desperately needed. In this way, these legions of workers fed the hungry, relieved suffering and made reparation.

To me, he was my father – persistent in his efforts to, in the same manner described above, open the doors for his son and encourage me, with his love, to come through and be good too. Oh, how I would be lost without it.

I hope we will be reminded – and remembered – how important it is to walk through those doors that lead us to the best versions of ourselves and the best versions of our communities. I hope we learn from him that we need a lot more impatience and intolerance for the more inexplicable forms of suffering we encounter. I especially hope that I can be as good as him.

Tannis put it very well when she wrote, “I am thinking of a man with one of the most beautiful souls you would want to meet. A really good man. His family has my sympathy and our community should aspire to the example he set. It was a privilege to know him.

I always looked forward to seeing Bob Randels at the Cereal Festival, exhibiting the “empty bowls” created by members of our community to raise some money, but above all to be a symbol of the work that our community has yet to do. . It didn’t matter if your policy differed, Bob was still genuine and still the same. He was one of those people from whom you moved away from wanting to be more like him.

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