Loaves & Fishes Volunteers needed
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US as a volunteer in our service at the Charlottesville location. Whether you come as a regular or on a one time basis, your time and services are invaluable to our agency. You will have a hands-on experience each time you volunteer. Volunteer positions available:
Intake – use computer, Greeters – assist with sign-in, Packers – carry 5 to 10 lbs, Cart loaders – be able to lift 25 lbs, a lot of repetitive motion, Parking attendants, Food delivery drivers – need vehicle – 2nd or 3rd Saturday.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry provides free food -- fresh produce and baked goods, frozen meats, and non-perishables -- to help people in need in the greater Charlottesville area feed their families. More than 17% of Charlottesville residents have to choose between paying for housing, utilities, transportation, medicine - or food to feed their family. With food from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and many local grocers, Loaves & Fishes gave out 2.3 million pounds of food to 59,082 people (averaging 1,467 families/month) in 2017. Loaves & Fishes’ client choice model allows pantry visitors to shop for the foods their families will eat, allowing clients to select the best foods for dietary restrictions and adding dignity to the process of seeking aid.
Loaves & Fishes relies on significant volunteer labor to give out food four days each week; in 2017, more than 1,200 volunteers provided 19,010 hours of volunteer labor, the equivalent of 9 full time employees.