In response to COVID-19, we have seen a 76% increase in individual and family visits at the food bank and home deliveries. Our weekend supplemental meal program to Arlington School District students has increase by 446%. We simply would not be able to provide basic emergency and supplemental foods needs without the community’s financial support and volunteer labor.
Volunteers are needed daily and carefully scheduled to allow for optimal social distancing standards. To continue providing a safe work environment for all volunteers and keep the warehouse safe and operational, we respectfully ask you to follow our schedule. Please do not show up unannounced to volunteer at the food bank. This will allow us to maintain proper social distancing standards. It is also important to understand if you are scheduled to volunteer we rely on you to show up.
Things to expect when you volunteer include: Preparation for distribution services by sorting & crating foods; packing supplementary meal packs for students enrolled in free/reduced meals with Arlington School District; being available for receiving, sorting, and crating inventory; cleaning/sanitizing/organizing warehouse; client shopping/serving during distribution; home deliveries - pending appropriate driving qualifications/insurance/background checks.
We ask you to discern about your personal environment, considering what you may potentially bring to the food bank and understand what you could possibly take ‘home’ from the food bank before applying to volunteer. You should expect to come in contact with a large number of individuals. Face covers, disposable gloves, hand washing facilities, hand sanitizer and cleaning agents are readily available, recommended and used frequently. If you have any questions you'd like answered before completing an application, you may contact us at 360.435.1631 or email@example.com.
Most volunteer opportunities are 3 hours in length. To apply to volunteer, complete the online application. Please read and sign/submit the Work Requirements and Civil Rights Training Checklist. Please follow-up with an email letting us know when you can start and your preferred times.
We appreciate your willingness to serve your neighbors today to ensure they have a brighter tomorrow.
Students, age 17 and older, are encouraged and welcome to apply to volunteer. We document hours for students who need volunteer hours for school or organizations in which they participate. During COVID-19, our volunteer opportunities are limited. We look forward to offering our Sunday Service (first Sunday of the month) once social distancing restrictions are lifted). To be included in our student volunteer list, complete our application and email us your preference.
We thrive on the support of our community, corporate and school groups. By working together, volunteers make an immediate impact on fighting hunger in our neighborhoods. If your group has a project, food drive or other unique idea on how to help us end hunger in our community-contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday & Wednesday Evenings 4-7:00pm
Your monetary donations go farther and allow us to provide items on demand, fresh produce, dairy, fresh bakery items and specialty care items. In addition, we can control our inventory; expiration dates; and purchase items at a significant savings. Handling donations during COVID19 presents additional challenges and we are currently discouraging food donations.
Should you choose to donate, we respectfully request newly purchased items. Suggestions: Dry individual cereal cups, instant oatmeal, peanut butter (regular size jars), soup, pasta, canned chili, canned chicken, baby food/cereal/formula diapers/wipes, applesauce squeeze tubes, granola bars, toiletries (toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, feminine products). We also accept dish soap, laundry detergent and pet food.
Donations can be made at any 'Simple Gesture' participating business or at the rear of our warehouse Mondays-Fridays 9am-12pm or Monday & Wednesday evenings 4-6pm.