You start out with a video that really makes you think about how many people in this economy really need help. A mom talking about how it feels to have kids and not know how to feed them. I was a very young mom and had some scary times in my own life. All I kept thinking was " There but for the grace of God, go I". You realize that many people are just one paycheck away from needing help. I looked around and saw two groups there to help for the day.Neiman Marcus and KPMG group. Neiman Marcus adopted the NTFB for one month. They come out once a week to help out. The employees from both of these companies were fantastic. We all worked so hard. As you get in the warehouse you're greeted by Doris one of the best volunteers I have ever worked with.Everyone is given a job. Each box gets so much protein, grain, drinks, breakfast, veggies and so on.Now at this point you're really excited because the harder you work the more people you feed. Doris turned and asked me if I wanted to learn how to use the pallet jack. OMG this was my fear to get over. I said yes and DID IT! I have again provided a picture as proof. LOL The day goes bye quickly. When everything was put away Doris told us all how much we were needed andthen told us what we accomplished.
I can't tell you how happy I was to be a part of an organization that gets so much done in such little time.So next time you have some time on your hands why not go and feed some very deserving people.A special thanks to Julie Boehm. You did a great job with the group! North Texas Food Bank, I smiled all the way home.
Volunteers are invaluable to the Food Bank. Without the 60,000 plus hours of volunteer help each year, the NTFB would be unable to provide food to the hundreds of thousands of hungry North Texans it currently serves.
Top 7 ways to volunteer at the NTFB:
|1.||Warehouse activities: Sort incoming food donations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3:30 p.m. Click here for a map to our warehouse.|
|2.||Service Saturday: Help sort and box donated items on certain Saturdays of each month. Families (children over 10 years of age) are welcome. Weekend opportunities fill quickly, so please call early to book your volunteer day. Below are the available dates for Service Saturdays 2010-2011: |
|3.||Food For Families: Work outdoors to sort and distribute food to Agency clients in various Dallas county locations; distribution occurs every Friday and two Thursdays of the month.|
|4.||Operation Frontline: Help Nutrition Education Manager Katherine Lindholm provide education on nutrition, culinary skills, food budgeting, and food safety to agency clients by serving as a chef, nutritionist, grocery shopper, or classroom manager.|
|5.||Courtesy Call Team: Volunteers will assist our Agency Relations team by connecting with Member Agencies to complete agency surveys, update agency information, sign up agencies for news alerts, or complete customer satisfaction surveys. Agency calls are placed the 2nd week of each month, Mon-Fri 9am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. Please email Alanie to be a part of our Courtesy Call team!|
|6.||Community Kitchen: Assist Chef James Williams and Texas Second Chance participants in our fast-paced, full production Community Kitchen where we prepare 10,000 meals a week for future use by Member Agencies. Volunteer hours for the Community Kitchen are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am until 1:30 pm for groups of 10 or less.|
|7.||Special Events: Working with the event management team, assist at fun activities such as Empty Bowls, the State Fair of Texas or National Hunger Awareness Day.|
|8.||Administration: Help with mailings, database management and other clerical duties.|
Click here for frequently asked questions.
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