March 30, 2011
Have you ever thought about volunteering at the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry? WIFP’s mission is to provide emergency food supplies to Wakefield residents regardless of religious affiliation, if any. The WIFP is a purely volunteer organization and is looking for more people to get involved to match their interests and time commitment. According to Maureen Miller, the Director of Operations for the pantry, the following volunteer opportunities are most critical now for the organization to fill:
Client Support Volunteers are responsible for assisting clients with their shopping at the Food Pantry. Volunteers are scheduled in two hour shifts from 9am to 11am and 11am to 1pm on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Food Stocking Volunteers are needed for sorting and stocking food onto the Food Pantry shelves. Some light housekeeping and lifting are also involved. Volunteers are scheduled for two hour shifts on Mondays 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and every other Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
Food Drive Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the various drives that are held throughout the Wakefield community and requires about 1-2 hours per week. Duties include supplying group with most needed items and arranging for pick up or drop off of donated food to the Pantry.
Food Manager is responsible for managing the levels of food on hand in the pantry according to stocking guidelines and requires about 2-3 hours per week. The Food Manager also communicates and manages the requirements for additional food to all sources including purchasing, Food Bank runs, and community food drives.
Stocking Manager is responsible for the overall stocking of food, coordination of the stocking volunteers and the overall appearance of the pantry. The Stocking Manger, which requires approximately 4-5 hours per week, also schedules stocking volunteers on a regular and as needed basis and ensures that food coming into the pantry is received, sorted and stored. This job involves organization skills and ability to lift heavy items. Volunteers are also asked to have access to email and a comfort level in using personal computers.
Additionally, the WIFP has many programs such as its Kids First Program, Food for Seniors Program, and Annual Postal Drive where volunteers are always welcome to provide assistance. “We also look to volunteers to represent and promote WIFP at various events around Wakefield, including the incredibly popular Farmers Market and Festival by the Lake,” comments Miller. For more information, please log on to the WIFP website: www.wifoodpantry.org and click on “volunteers” to download a volunteer registration form and sign up for email notifications on specific volunteer opportunities.