RSVP Station Highlight: Clark County Food Bank

Hunger is Real… Join the mission to alleviate hunger in Clark County!

 

The Clark County Food Bank is a regional food bank that distributes 6.6 million pounds of food and 5.5 million meals a year. They partner with more than 40 local sites to serve the food insecure in our community. With 65,000 hungry individuals in Clark County, the need is great, but they are here to help.

Their mission is to alleviate hunger and its root causes. Achieving their mission is done in two parts: providing emergency food relief to individuals and families as well as implementing a preventative stance against the various causes of hunger.

See the food bank in action by visiting them online and viewing their informative videos. It’s the best way to understand who they are what they stand for. https://www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org/our-videos

There are so many ways to get involved at the Clark County Food Bank!

VOLUNTEER AT THE FARM! In the summer and fall, Clark County Food Bank cultivates and harvests more than 100,000 pounds of carrots, squash, and other vegetables at the 78th Street Heritage Farm plot, as well as with many community growers. They rely on hundreds of volunteers annually to sustain this important hunger relief effort. Farm work parties are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through the months of June to November. Individuals, families and groups of all ages are welcome!

VOLUNTEER WITH FOOD! Over the course of a year, the Fresh Alliance volunteers sort through nearly 1.7 million pounds of produce, meat, and dairy donated by local grocery stores. Volunteers are needed to sort this food Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Training is required and conducted on site. Don’t have air conditioning at your house? This is a great volunteer opportunity this summer because this room is kept nice and cool!

Volunteer Drivers or Ride Along/Helpers are an integral part of the food bank.  In this volunteer position you will drive, or ride with/support, a 20 ft. box truck (no CDL required) to area grocery stores. Teams of two are sent out daily in the early morning, Monday through Friday, to pick up grocery donations. This is a very active volunteer position where there is a significant amount of lifting and volunteers must get in and out of the truck multiple times each shift. The route/volunteer shift is approximately 2 hours and volunteers are asked to commit one day a week. If you need a more flexible schedule, trained on-call volunteers are also needed. Orientation and training are provided. Interested volunteers should be able to lift 40-50 pounds, be able to fill out donation slips, and provide excellent customer service and professionalism while representing the Clark County Food Bank when picking up donations.

VOLUNTEER WITH EDUCATION!  CCFB works to alleviate the root causes of hunger through its Nutrition Education programs. Providing nutrition knowledge paired with cooking, gardening, and grocery shopping skills to empower clients in need. Volunteers can help facilitate classes, translate teaching, conduct cooking demonstrations, and assist with event food prep. Classes are held throughout Clark County and at various times throughout the day.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP!   Clerical Assistance is essential to the facility’s success. Duties include answering and directing phone calls, filing, data entry, customer service, light cleaning, and greeting folks who walk through the front doors. Shifts are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or anytime in between. Do you enjoy a more flexible schedule? On-call substitutes are especially needed!

Call RSVP for more information! 360-735-3683

 

 

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