Warehouse volunteers are responsible for overseeing the quality and care of the food donations received, this is a critical position within our organization because 68% of the clients we serve are dealing with health-related issues. These clients do not have healthy immune systems and they need nutrient packed foods to help improve their health.
Your role as a sorter is one of quality assurance, making certain that any food items that you yourself would not eat doesnt get into the hands of our clients. The theory of Rise to what is expected is our motto here. If we give our best in our products and in how we serve our clients, they in turn will fill valued.
Very food item that is received is logged in to our system and accounted for by weight and donation source. Once accounted for Sorting Volunteers check in detail the quality of the food we plan to distribute.
DUTIES OF A SORTING VOLUNTEER
All the food drive items that come in need to be checked for quality. There are several things that we look at when checking cans.
Check in at the volunteer desk and be sure to get your apron and name tag before you go to work. Every day we receive food drive and grocery rescue items that will need to be processed. We cannot do it without the help of our volunteers!
Once in your assigned area a team leader will direct you to the items that have been received but still need to be checked for quality before they can be stocked into the market area.
First we look at the general appearance. Is the can dented? Leaking? Swollen or bulging? If you said yes to any of those, we will be sending that item to the Farmers Bin.
But what is a Farmers Bin? What isnt used never goes to waste. We have a bin located outside Tabitha's Way used to collect expired foods that are no longer safe for human consumption. We have several local farmers who come and pick up from this bin to feed their livestock. Its very rewarding to know that none of this food ends up in the landfill.
As we continue to check the cans, the next thing we do is check the date. This is where attention to detail comes in handy! We have a complete list posted in the sorting area with details on what dates are beyond when we can safely use food items. Not all foods are the same so be sure to use the FOOD GUIDE TOOL visibly placed in your area. Of course, if you have a question please ask! We are here to help!
Your last step is to place the food items that pass the quality standards in their appropriate shelf or bin. Now they are ready for the market!
If you come across a can without a date or if the date is illegible, please put it in the Farmers Bin. Its always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to food. When you are done, you will be a food expert too!
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- 2-3 hours