Food Resource Center
One of the best ways to directly contribute to the community and meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life is by bagging groceries in the FRC. Groups and individuals alike are welcome to visit during Food Resource hours to guide people through the shopping process, bag groceries, and even help patrons carry food to their cars. The orientation for this is brief and usually the job is fast-paced and active since this is one of Skyline's busiest programs!
For large groups, younger volunteers or anyone who wants to help out before, after, and sometimes during FRC hours, there are plenty of jobs that need to be done on the floor and in the warehouse. This can mean separating pallets of various foods into different crates, stocking the shelves, bagging up beans and rice, unloading deliveries, cleaning and more. It can be an enlightening experience for anyone who has volunteered at the Regional Food Bank to see what happens to the food once it is delivered and an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how larger pantries work for a first time volunteer. With help in these areas, our staff is able to serve people much more efficiently and ensures the food assistance program runs as smoothly as possible.
One of the volunteer positions most essential to the process of connecting patrons to their groceries is referred to as "intake." Because there is some training involved, this is considered a long-term position for individuals who are comfortable with computers, don't mind some critical thinking, and who have strong interpersonal skills. It is an extremely rewarding position for volunteers who enjoy getting to know a diverse range of people and playing a part in Skyline's mission to fight poverty.
Front intake involves signing in return patrons, distributing ticket numbers, and making sure the household information is kept updated in the database. New intake takes place in cubicles where first-time patrons go to share their information discretely with a volunteer who uses simple paperwork and casual interview to create a new case.
Shifts are available between 9 AM when sign-in begins and the time the FRC closes, and can range from 3-6 hours depending on the volunteer's preference.
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