A Day in the Life of a Food Bank of Delaware Volunteer
Every day in the volunteer room is a little bit different than the day before. Volunteers could be asked to do a number of different activities. These activities are determined by the Volunteer Coordinator/Manager as well as the current and future needs of the Food Bank of Delaware. On a normal day in the volunteer room we could be making senior meal boxes, USDA boxes, helping out in the healthy pantry center, creating backpacks for our Backpack Program, sorting or boxing frozen foods (we will always tell you if we’re sorting freezer product so that you can come dressed and ready to be in the fridge!), creating donated meal boxes, or sorting through donations!
Before you get here, here are some short explanations of the majority of our daily volunteer activities! (Just to clarify, we do not do all of these every single day. Most volunteer shifts are 1 or 2 of these activities!)
Food Sorting: Volunteers sort food into different food categories, check expiration dates, discard damaged product or products otherwise unfit for human consumption and check recalled items.
USDA Boxes: Volunteers will package USDA items in an assembly line. The Volunteer room is responsible for the creation and supply of USDA boxes.
Healthy Pantry Center: Volunteers will help stock one of our newest additions to the Food Bank of Delaware, our Healthy Pantry Center! These volunteers will work with not only the Volunteer Coordinator but also with the Family Meal Coordinator. This includes stocking, working with pantry participants, pulling files for the next day, and whatever tasks the Family Meal Coordinator deems appropriate.
Senior Meal Boxes: These boxes are designed and designated for the Seniors of the State of Delaware only. The boxes are lighter than the USDA boxes, making them much easier to handle. Volunteers will work in an assembly line to package these boxes.
Donated Meal Boxes: We create boxes with all 10 of our donation sorting categories.
Backpack Program: Volunteers are responsible for helping put together the bags we use for our Backpack Program. Similarly to our Senior Meal Boxes, the backpack program is designed and designated for students from lower income households. Volunteers will work in an assembly line to pack these bags.
Frozen Sorting: On occasion the volunteer room will be used to sort frozen donated product in our open refrigerated area. This product is sorted into 8 different categories.