by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Kilalio Photography

Being of Service

volunteer_melville1“When we moved here in 2013, we never thought we’d like it more than Huntington Beach. We were wrong,” said San Elijo Hills resident Jeannine Melville. “My husband works at Northrup Grumman, and our wonderful eight-year-old daughter attends school in town,” she explained. “She loves sloths, her friends, fashion, and drama – classes, that is.” When the Melvilles first arrived, Jeannine struggled to find a way for her and her daughter to serve the homeless community in a safe place for them both, especially since many places don’t allow children.

To solve the problem, Jeannine started a group called SHE’s that FEED to manage and automate a service for the homeless population. “We were so happy to discover Fill-a-Belly, a group who serves the homeless every Tuesday at Holiday Park in Carlsbad and Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas since 2008.” Each month, Jeannine coordinates seven to eight families to serve food to 40 or 50 guests. Rather than cooking, she has felt her calling to be “in front of the table.”


Name: Jeannine Melville
Community: San Elijo Hills, San Marcos
Volunteer Affiliation: SHE’s that FEED
Profession: Realtor
Family: Awesome family
Hobbies & Interests: Traveling, exploring, hiking, learning, laughing


Name of Group: SHE’s that FEED
Group’s Purpose: To share food, friendship, support, and love with the guests of Holiday Park
Group Contact: Jeannine Melville – 760-621-4255
Get Involved: “Fill-a-Belly is the umbrella under which we serve and they rely 100% on private donations. If you feel led to support the cause, please go to the ‘Get Involved’ tab at www.fillabelly.org or join the Carlsbad Fill-a-Belly Facebook page.”


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SHE’s that FEED serves the food on the first Tuesday of each month, and over the past three years, thousands of people – spouses, children, neighbors, and friends – have participated. “It may sound odd, but I feel led and drawn to certain people. I like to hear their story and find where I can be of service,” Jeannine shared. “Sometimes that might be just listening. However, in the past, I’ve been able to offer resources and support in other areas such as getting into treatment or sober living homes, providing medical/legal resources, recovering impounded belongings, and reconnecting with loved ones.” She’s also coordinated various drives such as a sock drive and a bra drive for women.

Fascinated with personal growth and development, Jeannine loves attending seminars and reading books on various subjects. She’s also into food, health, and beauty trends, with current favorites being keto diets, Bulletproof coffee, and kombucha. When asked what would most surprise people about her, Jeannine replied, “I wake up at 3:50 to 4 a.m. five days a week to work out (which if you knew me, is surprising). It’s something that started the beginning of the new year. I don’t know what’s come over me, but I hope it stays.” San Marcos is also glad Jeannine is staying with her fantastic volunteer service to the community.