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Feed Hungry Families - Behind the Scenes Support of a Food Bank

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ORGANIZATION: White Center Food Bank

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Help support hungry families by assisting the food bank in the warehouse. Each week the food bank distributes over 10,000 pounds of food to over 400 families though our grocery store and home delivery programs. At the White Center Food Bank, we serve over 6,000 individuals each month. Because of the pandemic, we are serving more people than ever before. In one day we saw 20 new families, which we typically see in a week. We are serving families again that we haven't seen in 7 years as people continue to face unemployment or a lack of childcare. Help us achieve our mission to minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance and embracing our rich cultural diversity.

We serve families from all over the world, so we are constantly working to provide more culturally relevant foods, in the most culturally relevant ways. We are looking for volunteers to help us to sort food, stock shelves, assist with packing food for home delivery and our mobile pantries, assist with Grocery Rescue, and help staff keep the warehouse organized so we can efficiently distribute food to needy families.

We welcome anyone to volunteer, and it is a plus if you speak multiple languages (especially Vietnamese, Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish!).

We are specifically recruiting to build a pool of volunteers as described below:

  • Monday, 9am-12:30pm or 12:30-4pm
  • Tuesday, 10am-3pm (or a 2-4 hour shift within that) - note that this shift tends to have particularly heavy lifting as it's the day we receive all our food deliveries for the week!
  • Wednesday, 9am-12:30pm or 12:30-4pm
  • Thursday, 9am-12:30pm or 12:30-4pm
  • Friday, 9am-12:30pm or 12:30-4pm
Monday, Weds, Thurs and Friday Volunteer Tasks:
Morning volunteers will assist with setting up for distribution, may go out to assist with Grocery Rescue at local grocery stores, help receive Grocery Rescue, packing up for home delivery or mobile food pantries, and will assist with keeping the warehouse organized and the grocery store stocked during distribution.

Afternoon volunteers will assist with restocking the grocery store, sorting community donated items, packing for home delivery or mobile food pantries, and helping clean up when distribution concludes.

Tuesday Volunteer Tasks:
Assist in keeping the warehouse, fridges and freezers clean and organized, reorganize to prepare for the day's donation, restock the grocery store, receive and put away donations, assist in the baby pantry and bagging bulk dry goods.

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About White Center Food Bank

Location:

10829 8th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98146, US

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION Our mission is to minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance, and embracing our rich cultural diversity. La misión del Banco de Comida de White Center es minimizare hambre, mientras alimentamos la comunidad, fomentamos confianza en uno mismo y abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad cultural. Sứ mệnh của White Center Food Bank là giảm đói, trong khi nuôi dưỡng cộng đồng, nâng cao tính tự lập và bảo vệ sự đa dạng phong phú của các dân tộc. Продовольственного Банка Белого Центра- свести голод до минимума и в тоже время способствовать развитию местногообщества,воспитывать самостоятельность и

Description

White Center Food Bank provides food access to Washington state residents for no fee. COVID-19 severely altered our daily operations, resulting in a need for more volunteers to support our work than we had needed before (by pivoting to outside food distribution). We continue to operate in our new, pandemic-safe model, and see the high need from our community continue.

The White Center Food Bank began in the mid-1970’s as an emergency response to assist struggling families and individuals in the greater White Center and Highline areas during a major economic downturn. Much like today, many in the community were facing difficult economic conditions that left them in need of food resources.

In 1982 the White Center Emergency Food Association was formally incorporated and is today known as the White Center Food Bank, serving 57,989 individuals (19,569 families) in 2017. Current programs include daytime and seniors-only food distributions; a mobile food bank for seniors and disabled clients; a Baby Pantry for diapers and formula; culturally relevant food grown onsite; cultural foods buying program; and grocery rescue. Intake services are provided in five languages, and all written materials are provided in six languages.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Hunger
Immigrants & Refugees
Community, Hunger, Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

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WHERE

10829 8th Ave SWSeattle,, WA 98146

(47.50548,-122.34523)
 

SKILLS

  • Warehousing
  • Customer Service
  • Food Delivery / Distribution

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Most volunteers help weekly for 4 hours - but if you need a different schedule, ask. We ask that any volunteer interested in this role is able to commit to three months of service at the start to reduce a need for constant recruitment.
  • Complete a volunteer application and basic background check.

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