You might not have thought of this type of volunteering, but you may be surprised at the many benefits. These are just a few of the things you need to know about volunteering with such organizations.
How to Volunteer?
Because of the many ways they can help, many people love to be involved with food banks. Volunteering at a food bank can make you an asset, and there are many ways you can help. These are some of the things you could do as a volunteer.
Sorting and Packing
By assembling food boxes for distribution, you can ensure that shelves are stocked. By sorting and packing food, you can help prepare for distribution.
Assistance In Physical Activities
Mobile pantries, drive-thru and no-contact distributions also need your physical assistance. Your neighbors will be grateful that you are helping them feed their families.
Delivery of Meals
Many communities are sheltering in place. You can help ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors receive the food they require while still staying safe.
Many food banks are now asking for volunteers to fundraise and spread awareness online. To help raise funds online, the best way to help is to host a virtual food drive (VFD).
Donating Money/ Groceries
Call your local food bank to find out what they most need and where you can drop it off. Don’t worry if you don’t have the time. You can also donate money.
Who is Eligible to Volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone willing and able to give their time. Volunteers can apply if they are eight years or older. Their age will determine their responsibilities and duties at the food bank. Volunteers who are eight and older can help in the warehouse, sorting and packing. Volunteers who are 15 or older can help in the mobile food pantry and the kitchen. Also, volunteers under the age of 18 must have a chaperone over 21 from the same household.
How Can I Begin Volunteering?
Volunteers are required to create an online account and register for the spots they want. This registration process applies to everyone, from guardians to children and volunteers. It is essential to complete it before you go to volunteer.
As a registered volunteer, you can schedule yourself for any shift or position you want. Although you can go with your friends, joining larger groups is impossible due to the current pandemic. Warehouses work with a limited number of volunteer spots. Due to social distancing protocols, many of our volunteer jobs must be done by one individual.
You can help those in need by getting involved with community services like the local food bank. Volunteering at a food bank can make a real difference in people’s lives. Join Second Harvest today to make the world a warmer and welcoming place for all.