What are you planning to do this summer? Why not volunteer at Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida?!

Tags: Volunteer, Mobile Pantry, corporate volunteering

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your teenager this summer? Show them how they can give back to the community by volunteering. The value of volunteering one shift at the Food Bank is $67.65. Are your teenage grandchildren visiting for the summer? Bring them with you to volunteer. You brag about them all the time, now show them off! On average, each volunteer prepares 637 pounds of food, equal to 531 meals, for distribution in a single volunteer shift.

Are you unemployed? Don’t leave a void on your application. Prospective employers want to see you were active during this transitional time in your life. The value of volunteering one shift a week a year is $3,517.80.

Are you new to the area? By volunteering at the Food Bank’s mobile pantries, you can meet new people and learn your way around the area. For fiscal year 2014, the Food Bank distributed more than three million pounds of food to more than 230,000 individuals.

Need a teambuilding event for your office? The Food Bank has great team building projects for you! 

(Bank of America took a “helpie” after repacking 5,760 pounds of fresh produce)

(Morgan Stanley volunteers were real “bean counters” by repacking 950 pounds of pinto beans and rice)

Volunteering for the Harry Chapin Food Bank is not complicated, but it can be strenuous.  It requires bending, lifting, and standing for a three hour shift.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. 

Sorting and packing shifts are Monday - Friday 8:30 – 11:30 am, or 12:30 - 3:30 pm; Saturday 9 am-12 noon. Minimum age requirement is 14 (14 & 15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult) for Fridays from 12:30-3:30 pm and Saturdays from 9 am – 12 noon. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with mobile pantries in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties. Volunteers will assist HCFB staff with set up, distributing food to clients, break down, and cleanup. Volunteers need to be able to lift up to 40 pounds, stand for 3-4 hours, and be a minimum of 16 years old. Sites and times of distributions vary, usually weekday late afternoons and Saturdays. Volunteers need to be prepared to be in the sun; sunscreen is recommended.  Water will be provided. 

Please contact Tanya Phillips, our volunteer manager at (239) 334-7007 extension 141 or email her at tanyaphillips@harrychapinfoodbank.org, for more information about volunteering for all of the Food Bank volunteer opportunities.

Get started now by filling out a volunteer application here!

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