Monday, December 29, 2008

Mission 4 Monday

Have you ever thought about volunteering for your local area food bank? It would be a wonderful way for your family to give back to your community. Be Gods hands to a hurting world.
Volunteers in Action:
The role of volunteers at the Area Food Bank is vital to its success. Volunteers provide assistance in numerous capacities to ensure the mission of the Area Food Bank is complete. The Area Food Bank would simply NOT SURVIVE without the dedication and commitment supplied to us through volunteers. We accept volunteers 12 years and up. (An adult must accompany any children under 15 years of age at all times.) Children under 12 years of age are not permitted in the warehouse for insurance purposes.
There are many areas in which to volunteer at the Area Food Bank. The variety of positions offered, help to ensure we can find something that can be enjoyed by all.
Volunteer Positions:
Food Boxes - The Area Food Bank operates an "emergency" food box program. We distribute approximately 800 food boxes monthly. Volunteers pack all the food boxes given out to families in need. Using an assembly line approach, this position does not require much lifting but does require some bending.
Sorting and Stacking - As food is donated to the Area Food Bank, it all must be sorted into assigned categories, and placed in a storage area. Immediately after large food drives, the need for volunteers increases tremendously. This position can require some lifting.
Some foods donated to the Area Food Bank are specifically designated to be placed on the sales floor for our shopping program. Volunteers sort through the items, and separate them by the UPC code on each case. Each item is then recorded, and entered into inventory by the Operations Manager.
Customer Service - Clients come to the Area Food Bank with vouchers they have received from an agency. The agency has screened each client, and determined they are eligible to receive a food box. Once they arrive, a volunteer assists the client with filling the voucher. Some lifting is required to place the food box on the cart. As with any position that deals with the public, this position requires a great deal of compassion and patience.

These are just a few of the volunteer opportunities offered.


Sandi said...

We lucky our food bank is over staffed. They just were given a new building to house it. The schools and local preschools and churches did a year long campaign called "Pennies for Food" Thousands of dollars were collected in pennies for the food bank.

Willow said...

Denise, I just love your Mission 4 Monday posts; they give me so many different ideas on how I might serve!

April said...

I agree, this is a wonderful thing to get involved with. Thank you so much for bringing it to the attention of many who knew nothing, or very little about it.
You can never go wrong when giving of your time and/or talents.

Have a blessed Monday, my friend!

Colleen aka Senior Blogger said...

Thank you, Denise.. and this time of the year our food banks are very bare... So everyone lets try and do something, whether you donate, volunteer, or pray...


Laurie Ann said...

Awesome ideas, Denise! Great mission, indeed. I've missed you - I've been on a bit of a break...hope you're doing well, my friend. Lots of love!

luvmy4sons said...

Aways such inspiring volunteer ideas you have!

Alicia said...

Wow..that is alot of work!! That is a great idea though!

Many hands make light work!!

Marsha said...

What an excellent suggestion! Food Pantries are very busy right now and will continue to be highly utilized now that we are in a recession.

Mary said...


Volunteering for the food bank is a worthy cause. Thanks for the inspiration, my friend. I will be sure to check it out.


Hi! I'm Grace said...

Thanks for this information, Denise. I will ask my husband about this Food Bank. I really would like to do some volunteer works as a way of serving.