Volunteers provide an essential service to feed the food insecure in our 11-parish service area. Without volunteers, we would not be able to work toward our mission. In 2020, we had 8,579 volunteers, equating to a total of 36,557 hours of volunteer work. For comparison, in 2019 we had 9,718 volunteers totaling 36,625 volunteer hours. This means we nearly matched the time donated by our community in the prior year, despite the pandemic.
To sustain our regular operations as well as the increased demand for food services, we must ensure the safety of our volunteers. We have increased cleaning and sanitizing of our facility and take all of the precautions we can to get the work done safely. Volunteers are required to wear a mask and gloves while participating in volunteer activities. Additionally, we are following all safety regulations provided by the CDC, local and state health agencies.
With the number of mobile distributions underway since the beginning of the pandemic, sorting of food and packing of food boxes for client distributions remains a top priority and our volunteers are the ones who really make it happen. We have a group of regular volunteers who are excellent at welcoming in new volunteers and making them feel part of the team right away.
We also have multiple outdoor volunteer activities throughout the week for anyone who prefers to volunteer in an outdoor capacity. Volunteers can work outside at Capitol City Produce to maintain our Vince Ferachi Community Garden, or they can also attend a drive through mobile distribution outdoors and off site. Volunteers with the Mobile Pantry program assist with offloading the truck with food product and also help bring boxes of food to clients’ vehicles.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, click here to find a volunteer opportunity that works best for your schedule.