Staying Healthy: Pleasanton Man Recognized by 49ers for Community Service | New


Dave Moirao of Pleasanton was honored by the San Francisco 49ers as this year’s recipient of the organization’s Community Quarterback Award, which recognizes volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and commitment to improving the region. the Bay.

Moirao was nominated and shortlisted for his work with Culinary Angels, an almost entirely voluntary Livermore nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, healthy meals throughout the Tri-Valley to people undergoing cancer treatment and to d ‘other people with serious health problems.

“David has been an integral part of our organization since its inception,” said Lisa McNaney, executive director of Culinary Angels, in a statement announcing the Moirao award.

“He regularly invests about 40 hours per week of his free time in a variety of ways: from helping with setting up systems and structure, to developing strategies to serve more people, to work in the kitchen. We wouldn’t be where we are today without him, ”she added.

Moirao, 73, was chosen to receive the Community Quarterback Award from more than 35 nominees nominated by northern California nonprofits. As a winner he will receive $ 5,000 for Culinary Angels

“For me the award is a personal satisfaction, but I think the biggest reward is really getting people to understand what we have to offer as an organization,” Moirao told The Weekly. “We’re serving just under 300 meals a month right now, and we know there are more people who could use our help and it’s about making sure they are aware that we are delivering good. healthy, quality meals. “

Moirao said he started volunteering with Culinary Angels about four years ago after looking at different local volunteer opportunities. He had been retired for a while and wanted to occupy some of his time by giving back to his community.

After struggling to find something interesting, he once said that he found a flyer for Culinary Angels on his desk that he believed was left there by his wife.

“Maybe it was a friendly clue to get out of the house, I don’t know, but it was just perfect for me,” Moirao said. “I love to cook, I love that people are happy with a good meal, so I filled out my application and got my certification and started working.”

Moirao started in the kitchen preparing the ingredients before moving on to the kitchen and even helping with the cooking. Over time, he was involved in almost every aspect of the organization, including leveraging his computer skills to identify new software for volunteer planning and management of the meal delivery program.

His connection to Culinary Angels and his mission also became deeply personal.

Moirao’s daughter, Kenna Moirao, died of cancer last year. She was a third grade teacher at Frederiksen Primary School in Dublin. “She had a significant impact on all the children, staff and other instructors,” Moirao said of his late daughter.

The experience of the loss of his daughter reinforced Moirao’s commitment to Culinary Angels’ efforts to help those facing a serious medical diagnosis, which was demonstrated by his leadership in moving towards product delivery. and organic recipes to recipients during a period when meal operations were suspended due to the pandemic, according to the association.

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