So today I took a trip down to Philabundance Hunger Relief Center, located 3616 S. Galloway St., Philadelphia, Pa, 19148. To my surprise, there were 22 people in total, that showed up to volunteer. There was a large group, from an IT recruiting firm Work Bridge Associates, located 50 S. 16th St. 2 Liberty Place, Suite 2550, Philadelphia, Pa, 19102. There were also some randoms, like myself, that just showed up to lend a hand.
Before putting us to work, the guy addressing the volunteers, Gerald, showed a pretty touching video that emphasized the importance of the work being done. Then the “head factory floor guy” came out and explained what we would be doing. We sorted through and boxed meats for the 12:30pm - 3:30pm shift. The work was simple, but the room was pretty damn cold.
I also met a high school boyfriend and girlfriend couple, from West Chester, Pa., that were there because the girls school makes it mandatory that the students completed 40hrs of community service, to graduate. They get the 4yrs to complete it, but I think it’s an excellent idea. The boy told be he recently signed up to the Navy and will be shipping out a few weeks after he graduates. Wished him the best.
Overall, this was a pretty great time and I plan on going 3-4 days a week.
Oh and some kid, mid 20’s, asked me what kind of meat bacon was…. Lost my damn mind.
Again, it was good times and their are some pretty good people busting their asses everyday, so that others don’t have to go hungry at night. At the end they give you a thank you letter (below) and a coupon for a free medium Dunkin Donuts coffee.
I would highly recommend the experience. Grab a group of friends or go it solo and meet some new people. It’s well worth it.
I will paste the email I received with the schedules they have. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact them directly. Sometimes the shifts fill up, so walking in is not recommended.
Email I received:
I am one of the new volunteer Coordinators at Philabundance. Here are our volunteer opportunities:
Hunger Relief Center
3616 S. Galloway Street
Tuesdays: 12:30pm-4:00pm, 6:00-8:30pm
Wed-Sat: 8:30am-Noon, 12:30pm-3:30pm
This is where all of our packing and sorting takes place. All of our donations come through our warehouse and are then distributed to over 400 agencies that we work with. We can accommodate 50 people per shift. Must be at least 14 years old to work in the warehouse.
Community Food Center
601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Wed-Saturday: 8:15am-10:45am, 10:45am-3:00pm
The CFC is a choice-model pantry in which clients shop for their food rather than receive a pre-packaged bag or box. Volunteers are needed to help unload deliveries and stock shelves in the morning. The second shift volunteers are needed to help customers shop (bag groceries, give out carts, etc.). Volunteers should be able to lift 30 pounds. We can accommodate 10 people per shift. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.
Kids Bites at Lowell
450 W. Nedro Avenue
3rd Thursday of every month, 2:30pm-5:30pm
After-school food distribution for students and their families. Volunteers help unload deliveries and hand out boxes to students after school. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.
Please let me know if you would like to be scheduled for a shift.