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So What Else Delivery Drivers & Food Pantry Help

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ORGANIZATION: So What Else?

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The So What Else (SWE) Food Pantry is located in the Lakeforest Mall (701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg MD, 20877) parking lot adjacent to the Ruby Tuesday restaurant entrance (you'll see a large shipping container, that's us!).

The Food Pantry provides relief to families experiencing food insecurity.

This is a person-to-person high-contact volunteer opportunity. Please do not sign up if you are immunocompromised. Volunteers must be age 15 or older; younger volunteers must be accompanied by a parent / adult guardian. Age acceptance will be at the discretion of SWE.

Regular Opening Hours:
The Food Pantry is open to the public from 10AM to 1PM Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.
From 9AM to 2PM Sunday.

Volunteer Shifts:
8AM to 11AM / 11AM to 2PM Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
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8AM to 11AM / 11AM to 3PM Sunday

Mondays & Thursdays: Volunteers are primarily involved with deliveries (unloading; stacking in storage or designated area) or pickups (collecting food donations from retailers, farms, warehouses, etc.); not staffing the walk-up pantry.

We have a keen & pressing need for Delivery Drivers! Please consider helping out with Deliveries in lieu of your service at the Food Pantry!

Food Pantry Volunteers assist with site set up and breakdown, loading / unloading pallets of food; breaking down large pallets of produce into parcels ready for pick up by clients in person or for delivery to distribution sites / homebound clients. Volunteers work with SWE staff on designated tasks, including site preparation, line service, stocking / pre-staging, donation center tasks / other projects as directed by SWE staff. Everyone is responsible for keeping all work and service areas safe and free of debris. Observant and proactive volunteers are most appreciated!

We are located outside so appropriate clothing is important! No open toe shoes; dangling adornments should be secured to prevent snagging; wear comfortable work clothes you expect to get dirty. Except in the case of extreme weather we will operate the pantry as scheduled. Text 240 705 4345 to confirm if we are operating during an extraordinary weather event. Please report to Isabella, Mely, Haley or Megan upon arrival at the service site.

Safety note: The Pantry can be fast paced and hectic at times; awareness and initiative are highly valued. Work smart and keep alert. If you feel tired, please do not sit down at the serving table; you can take a rest away from the service line. Please take a few moments to stretch out and limber up before your shift starts!

Delivery Drivers

So What Else is in urgent need of volunteer drivers to deliver food parcels to distribution points and client homes in DC Metro Area. This is a low contact volunteer service opportunity.

Prepared food parcels are picked up from So What Else located at Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD between 9:30am-3:30pm* Monday- Sunday. Routes take 1-2 hours depending upon location and number of clients.

* We'll try to accommodate your schedule; alternative times may be arranged with our Delivery Manager if possible.

Drivers must use their own vehicle, be at least 18, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Drivers will receive on-the-spot orientation from our Delivery Manager.

YOUR SERVICE MATTERS!

Impact:

SWE provides food security to hundreds of families each day. Your service is essential to our mission. By offering food security SWE helps families navigate the complexities of social vulnerability and economic uncertainty.

Over 400 families and individuals use our pantry each day. We also host and contribute to over 35 neighborhood distributions a week and provide over 600 home deliveries per week.

To learn more about SWE and service opportunities with SWE, please visit www.sowhatelse.org

For questions about a particular service or for more information about volunteer opportunities with SWE, please email swevolunteer@gmail.com

Sign up:
To sign up for these opportunities, visit sowhatelse.org and click Get Involved, locate the service opportunity you are interested in and click to see sign up information. You will need to create a volunteer profile to explore and register for volunteer opportunities with So What Else.

Thanks & Happy Serving!

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About So What Else?

Location:

1 PRESERVE PKWY, ROCKVILLE, MD 20852, US

Mission Statement

So What Else's mission is to improve the lives of children and families living in underserved communities in the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area by providing food security, access to basic necessities, and high-quality out-of-school time programs in literacy, athletics, and the visual and performing arts while inspiring young people to give back to the community by creating volunteer opportunities for citizens of all ages.

Description

So What Else (SWE) ... can we do to help? is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 and focused on building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through direct programming and in partnership with allied organizations. Our primary programming embraces two key areas: Food Security and Youth Development Programs.

SWE started with Youth programming and added Food Security as we witnessed the massive economic dislocations caused by the C19 Pandemic and the consequent explosion in food insecurity. SWE and its community partners operate several Food Relief programs in Montgomery and surrounding counties, in Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

SWE needs volunteers who share our passion for service and seek to have an immediate and lasting impact upon the lives and fortunes of those we serve. Our volunteers are essential to our ability to deliver reliable, accessible and high-quality education programming and food security services.

SWE welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, experiences and capabilities. Our greatest needs at present are for Food Pantry helpers, Bulk Food Recovery & Distribution Warehouse workers, Delivery & Distribution drivers and Teacher's Aides / Classroom Assistants.

Please contact swevolunteer@gmail.com to share your area of interest and learn more about volunteering with SWE. Visit sowhatelse.org to learn more about our programs and impact! Thanks!

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Hunger
Children & Youth, Community, Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

701 Russell Ave.Lakeforest MallGaithersburgGaithersburg, MD 20877

(39.15359,-77.20422)
 

SKILLS

  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Food Service
  • Child Welfare
  • Food & Beverage Services
  • Disaster Response
  • Nutrition

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14
  • Shifts are usually 3 hours but we will work with your schedule!
  • If 14 or younger you will need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. If you want to help with Deliveries, you will need a valid DL, proof of insurance and sign the appropriate waiver.

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