Food bank needs summer volunteers

(Featured photo – a volunteer readies meals at the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News)

With children out of school for the summer, Golden Harvest Food Bank officials see an increased need for food and need volunteers to help pack food boxes at its Faith Food Factory warehouse, 3708 Benchmark Dr.

Provided by funding through the Georgia Nutrition Assistance Program, these boxes will help more local families put meals on the dinner table. In addition, volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals at The Master’s Table soup kitchen, 702 Fenwick St., according to a news release from the Golden Harvest Food Bank.  

“The harsh reality is that one in six children in our service area are food insecure and with school being out for the summer families are struggling to put more food on the table,” said Amy Breitmann, president and CEO of Golden Harvest Food Bank. “Additional food resources have been pouring in and we are calling on our community to stand alongside us to support these families and help get them the vital nourishment they need.”  

At least 20 volunteers are needed daily Tuesday through Friday until August at the Faith Food Factory and The Master’s Table.

Faith Food Factory volunteers should be at least 8 years old, any volunteer under the age of 13 must be signed up by a guardian. Volunteers should wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Clothing should be casual; sleeveless shirts are prohibited for safety reasons.

Volunteers will be standing for two to three hours and lifting five to 10 pounds repeatedly. The Master’s Table volunteers should be at least 18 years old for the meal prep shift, and at least 13 years old for the meal service shift.  Volunteers should wear casual clothes and closed-toed shoes.  

For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit the website or call Doressa Hawes, volunteer program manager at (706) 736-1199, ext. 227.

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