Critical Need for Volunteers to Help Fight Food Insecurity

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Food For Others

Multiple locations- Indoor and OutdoorIn Person

More physically demanding- must be able to lift up to 40 lbs

Since 1995, Food for Others has been working to provide healthy meals to people in need. Due to high-living costs in and around our nation’s capital, countless families struggle between choosing to spend their money on food, housing, and healthcare.

Each week Food for Others distributes food to more than 2,600 families. Despite being one of the wealthiest regions in the country, more than 70,000 people live in poverty in Fairfax county.

The pandemic has ever increased food insecurity, and between the months of March and July, food For Others served a total of 68,367 households, a 30 percent increase from the same period last year.

Volunteer opportunities for Food for Others exist in multiple locations throughout Fairfax County, and the cities of Arlington and Alexandria. Some opportunities are indoors, while others are outdoors. Check out the following descriptions to see if any are right for you. If you find one, or to discuss a possible fit further, contact Shannon White at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org to continue onto your volunteer journey in fighting to alleviate food insecurity in your community.

Volunteer for Food for Others:

  • Warehouse Volunteers
    • Multiple locations through Farifax County.
    • This is not climate-controlled environment, so volunteers should dress appropriately according weather conditions outside.
    • Volunteers should expect to be on their feet all shift in this physically demanding job while completing the following duties:
      • Sort, package, and distribute USDA and emergency food supplies directly to clients.
      • Reorganize dry goods from bulk supply on pallets into individual boxes.
      • Bag produce
      • Set up and tear down stations.
      • No cell phones or ear buds allowed due to safety issues.
      • Volunteers should be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Food Distribution at Neighborhood Sites
    • Locations throughout Fairfax and Arlington Counties.
    • Evenings
    • Volunteer duties:
      • Load crates of food from Food for Others warehouse into personal vehicle between 5:00-5:30 pm.
      • Transport food to assigned neighborhood location
      • Distribute food in an equitable manner between 6:00-6:30 pm.
      • Return crates to warehouse.
    • Volunteer requirements:
      • Driver’s license
      • Personal vehicle with the ability to transport crates of produce and non-perishable items.
      • The ability to treat clients with respect and dignity.
      • The ability to diffuse difficult situations.

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