Remembering Jim Harlin
Jim was born in Burbank, California, and lived in Yuma Arizona until 1994 when he met and eventually married his his wife, Mary Jane. They moved to Gallup in 1997.
Jim was not in Gallup long when he became aware of the hunger insecurity in McKinley County. The rest is history – his work of love, and he helped to found the Community Pantry in 1999. He is known in Gallup for his work to feed the hungry, and especially those who are most vulnerable to food insecurity – the elderly and the young. Special programs to fill those needs were started by Jim.
To provide more fresh and nutritious foods for the pantry clients, Jim had a vision of a garden on the pantry grounds. That vision, the Hope Garden, is a work in progress but continues to produce as time goes on.
Jim always looked for a way to help people in whatever community he resided. In recognition of his efforts, he was placed on the Tree of Life by the Americans for Native Americans, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This was in honor of “his tireless and outstanding effort to distribute nutritious food to Native Americans in the Four Corners Area.”
Jim’s legacy lives on in the Community Pantry. He will be dearly missed, and always remembered.