As part of our Beloved Connections work, WSUU volunteers have pitched in at the White Center Food Bank (WCFB) three times over the summer months. We packed grocery bags of food for distribution, helped with in-person distribution, and worked in the warehouse sorting and storing food. In our most recent effort, six WSUU volunteers packed 1,350 pounds of food and had fun while doing so.
WCFB’s mission is to “Minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance and embracing our rich cultural diversity.” They strive to distribute culturally appropriate food in a dignified and respectful manner.
Starting Thursday, October 7, and every first Thursday of the month thereafter, we will be volunteering between 8:00 am and noon to pack grocery bags for delivery by bicycle volunteers (!) and manage the distribution of bags to the bicycle volunteers. We may also help with set up for in-person distribution, warehouse work, and could even help out with home deliveries by car. Thursday is a busy day for WCFB with a variety of ways to help. The details:
- While our commitment is for 8:00 am to noon, you can volunteer for 2 – 4 hours. Not everyone needs to be there at 8:00 am but we will need some early birds.
- Most of the work is outside (under awnings if rainy) and everyone is masked. The doors to the food bank are open in all weather and it is well ventilated. Dressing in layers due to the combination of cold weather and activity is advised.
- While this is active work, the ability to do heavy lifting is not required.
If you would like to be on the roster of volunteers for first Thursdays at WCFB or would like more information please email Jill Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.A big thank you to those who have volunteered so far:Tracy Burrows, Alice Britt, John Britt, Lisa Reitzes, Dennis Jackson, Cindy Jackson, Scott Farrell, Judi Finney, Shannon Day, Reverend Christopher, Paula vanHaagen, Viv Monahan, Liz Bucklew, Claire Bucklew, Susan Conn, Marie Kaz, Kristina Darnell and Jill Fleming.