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During the current Covid-19 Crisis, we are doing our best to keep our volunteers and clients safe. During working shifts we are asking that everyone wear a mask. If you have one you can bring from home, please do so but we also have masks that have been donated that you can take, wash, and reuse. We do have gloves for messy jobs but are asking that everyone wash their hands throughout their shift. There are three sinks available with soap at the food bank.
We can always use volunteers to help out with various tasks around the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank. Being 100% volunteer supported, we rely on people in our community to chip in with their time to help clean, sort food, and hold food drives – all with the purpose of serving our neighbors in need. We handle all of our volunteer through the website via our Volunteer Central.
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Tuesday and Wednesday Prep Crew
We have regular weekly community service opportunities, and this is a great place for new volunteers to get acquainted with OVFB. Every Tuesday Wednesday from 9:30 am – 1pm, we process the food coming in for our weekly distributions. There are also various projects ranging from the assembly of food bags, gardening, sorting food, assembly homeless kits, washing/cleaning, moving our food stock from the warehouse to the staging room, etc. This is a weekly community service opportunity for any age. Please wear closed toe shoes. Under age 14 must be accompanied by parent.
Weekly Food Distribution (Mon, Wed Evening & Thurs)
We are currently open for distribution Mondays 11-1pm, Wednesday 4:30-6:30 and Thursday 10-12:30. Typically there is a need for a few extra people each week to help sort food, prepare bags, carry bags to cars, and welcome those that come in to get their food each week. We have a regular weekly volunteer staff and provide a few available slots for additional volunteers to get involved each shift. Please sign up online if you’re interested in helping with a Weekly Food Distribution. Click the button to sign up for one of the upcoming available shifts.
Monday Afternoon Off-Site
We have a new distribution location using our food bank trailer that was donated to us in the summer of 2019. This has given us the opportunity to serve clients in Fair Oaks that may not be able to make it to our Main Avenue location. Thank you to New Life Church for allowing us to set up our distribution on Mondays from 2-4pm in their parking lot, located at 8101 Sunset Ave (we are on the Fair Oaks Blvd side of the lot). If you are interested in helping during this shift, please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Grocery Store Food Drives
Looking for a way to involved your whole famliy, even the younger ones? Help us by volunteering at our food drives at grocery stores during November each year. Spend a couple hours at the entrance of a local grocery store and pass out flyers listing the items we’re currently in need of. As people exit, they are able to drop off donations which are collected and transported to the food bank for distribution each week. This is a very important part of keeping the food bank in operation.
Do you have a group that would like to serve together? We love having groups come in to help out. Please contact our volunteer coordinator to set up a time for your group so we can do our best to accomidate you. email@example.com
Community Garden Help
We are always looking for help growing fresh healthy food for families in need. We have many areas on the food bank property where we are growing fresh fruits and vegetables. We are looking for green thumbs to join the team and keep it growing. If you’re interested in joining this team, contact us.
Food Pickups and Deliveries
Every week, teams of volunteers pick up food donations from several area grocery stores. Volunteers are needed to help pick up truckloads of food and help keep the warehouse organized. We are always looking for extra hands for our morning truck deliveries Mondays through Thursdays. If you’re interested in joining this team, contact us.