Help wanted: Volunteers to assist feeding hungry local children this summer

June 29, 2016

By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

Are your kids bored already? Are you retired and looking for something do? Do you need community service hours?

We can help you, and you can help us!

The Food Bank of Delaware can use volunteers at the Milford Branch to help pack and sort food. We need volunteers every week day, some Saturdays and select evenings.

Lisa Satterfield, a stay-at-home mom from Dover, has become a regular and reliable volunteer.

“I love it, and I’ve learned so much,” she said while packing in the Milford warehouse.

“Some days, I get my kids to help, and they love it too.
She said she finds the online sign-up easy and convenient.

Satterfield recognizes that the job she’s doing is important, and the Food Bank is grateful for the time volunteers donate.

Since one in five children in Delaware live in poverty, when you volunteer for the Food Bank of Delaware you are truly making a local impact.

Most people are unaware that the Food Bank is very busy in the summer providing meals for children at 84 sites statewide. Food for each and every meal must be packed appropriately.

“Volunteers are our heart and soul here. Summer is one of the busiest times of the year,” said Chad Robinson, Milford branch manager.

“By providing meals for children statewide, our need for volunteers increases. We could use your help!”

Volunteers can sign up as individuals, but groups are welcome as well. Helping at the Food Bank is a perfect opportunity for youngsters to experience the benefits of volunteer community service. Children as young as 7 years old can help; those ages 7-15 will need an adult chaperone. Teams or youth groups can volunteer together.

Volunteers must wear sneakers or closed-toe, sturdy shoes.

Some volunteer jobs require the ability to lift 50-pound boxes, though not all jobs require lifting. Volunteers are needed most on weekdays: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – noon and from 1-4 p.m.

One of the best things about volunteering at the Food Bank of Delaware is that there is no minimum or regular commitment required.

Volunteers can help according to their own time schedule.

To see the schedule and sign up for a shift, volunteers need to visit www.fbd.volunteerhub.com

Groups of 5 or more should call or e-mail the volunteer department to schedule. (302-393-2011 or lhumphreys@fbd.org)

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