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Vale’s volunteer of year is the chief cook for youth

After spending years in the kitchen feeding youth in Vale, Debbie Mohammed is looking to slow down a little and enjoy retirement soon. (Submitted photo)

VALE – For the last eight years, Vale children have enjoyed summers swimming at the local pool, riding bikes and playing baseball. They also have enjoyed a daily lunch, thanks to Debbie Mohammed.

Mohammed was recently honored for her work by the Vale Chamber of Commerce as volunteer of the year.

The award, for Mohammed, is not as great as the memories made as hungry children turn into adults and parents.

“I am now seeing children of kids I used to feed years ago,” Mohammed said. “I am proud of the fact we will feed every child that shows up.”

The journey has not been without a few worries and turns . . .