Volunteer Opportunities for Heartside Gleaning’s Good Food Box Program  

In partnership with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Heartside Gleaning will be packing and distributing boxes of “Good Food,” i.e., fresh produce, weekly, to give to individuals and families participating in nutrition education programs with The Hispanic Center of West Michigan and The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Our vision is for a healthier community through increased access to healthy food.

Heartside Gleaning relies on a diverse network of core supporters, interns and volunteers to assist in implementing the mission of the Initiative. Heartside Gleaning is looking for individuals that wish to contribute to their community and are interested in rethinking food systems and nutrition. There are several opportunities to become a part of the Initiative, from sorting and packing food boxes to distributing food to those in need and developing education campaigns. We are happy to work with you to find a fulfilling volunteer or opportunity.

What: Packing and distribution

Where: 1111 Godfrey Ave., SW Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When: Packing and delivery opportunities are every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m.

Packing

Individuals will meet at a central warehouse location (1111 Godfrey Ave., SW, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI 49503), receive a nametag and brief orientation (for first-time volunteers). They will then be assigned to tasks such as washing or sanitizing the food boxes, setting up boxes on the food packing line with produce and ensuring it remains stocked, packing assigned items into each box (assembly line style), labeling boxes and cleaning up after packing.

Distribution

The individuals volunteering in this capacity will be working with the vehicle drivers to load, sort, and deliver boxes to final distribution locations. This might require some lifting, navigation, driving your own vehicle and coordination with site contacts.

Education

In coordination with staff, individuals will develop and design educational materials for weekly distribution in the food boxes.

Additional Notes:

  • Being on-time and being able to stay for a minimum of 2-3 hours is important to our success.
  • Many of these tasks may involve moving and lifting heavy boxes, up to 50 pounds.
  • Food safety and sanitation is a priority and safe food handling practices will be observed at all times.

For more information, please email info@heartsidegleaning.org.

Website: www.heartsidegleaning.org

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