BOULDER - When Agnes Stupp's children were grown up and living away from home, she found and embraced a second family.
That family consists of homeless adults in Boulder.
"It's important for me to let them know I care," Stupp, 86, said.
Stupp has shown how much she cares for more than three decades.
"It's certainly an act of her faith that she does this, and I think it's more of a justice issue," Harvest of Hope Food Pantry Program Manager Adie Johnson said. "People deserve to eat, and so she's just committed to that."
Agnes and her husband Bob moved to Colorado in the 1980s. Volunteering was something that they instilled in their six children. Bob was heavily involved in Habitat for Humanity before he passed away.
"They volunteered way before it was the cool thing to do," Johnson said. "Every organization needs an Agnes."
Even though Agnes does not drive any more, she makes sure she gets picked up every Monday afternoon. She spends several hours checking in clients at Harvest of Hope Food Pantry.
She is the first face people see when they walk through the door. She wears a seemingly-permanent smile that lights up her face. Agnes is welcoming, quick to start up a conversation and a good listener.
"It gives me a sense of fulfillment," Agnes said. "It's good to see everyone and know they're still around and OK."
For more than 35 years, Agnes was a leader at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center who encouraged fellow parishioners to provide food to the homeless of Boulder. In 2008, Agnes joined a task force that focused on how to help the city's homeless and hungry.
Harvest of Hope Pantry opened in 2012 when St. Thomas Aquinas and another Boulder Catholic church, Sacred Heart of Jesus, combined their food banks.
When the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry opened, Agnes joined the Board of Directors there. She also coordinated food donations and volunteers.
Harvest of Hope serves single adults dealing with food insecurity by giving them bags of groceries, including a lot of fresh produce and organic milk.
Agnes arrives early for her shift to assemble snacks for the clients to munch on while they wait for the opportunity to select food.
"When they get to know you, they're nice," Agnes said. "They like to chat with you. I like to hear what they're up to."
The men and women who stop by Harvest of Hope Food Pantry respect and appreciate their friend.
"She's the grandmother who always has her head together," Harvest of Hope client Joel Fuhr said. "She's a loveable lady. When you talk with her, the love comes out."
Like a grandmother, Agnes can also be very frank and isn't afraid to speak out to those who need some direction.
"A lot of these men I know really well," Agnes said. "I tell them to straighten up and not drink anymore."
The numbers of those living on the streets in Boulder has increased.
"People think of us as being such a high income area that we don't have this need," Adie Johnson said. "But, the higher the rents go, the more that people need our services."
In the last year, Harvest of Hope has grown from serving 2,144 client visits per month to 2,430 client visits per month, according to Johnson.
"It's almost something we can't comprehend in such a good country and a good city here," Agnes said.
Agnes is very humble and admits she's not comfortable being singled out for the 9Who Care award.
However, she is thrilled that the award comes with a $1,000 gift which she is passing on to Harvest of Hope so it can buy more food.
(© 2015 KUSA)