The value of MCHPP’s volunteer efforts cannot be overstated. They play an important role in fulfilling our mission; from preparing and serving healthy meals, to strengthening community partnerships, to greeting each client with a smile. Each volunteer’s generous donation of time and skill allows MCHPP to reduce hunger for so many people, in so many ways.
Persons volunteered at MCHPP in 2018
Volunteer Mission Statement
As volunteers at MCHPP, we provide our neighbors in need with healthy food and foster an atmosphere of warmth, compassion, and respect for members of our community.
Hours volunteered in 2018
“The most important thing I like is that volunteering keeps me in touch with my community, and I can use my time to help people who are in need.”Anonymous
Reliable volunteers are needed for a variety of opportunities, that can fit a range of schedules. Volunteers are welcome to help out as often as they are able to, and schedules are flexible.
By volunteering at MCHPP you can:
– Help to fulfill MCHPP’s mission of providing hungry people with access to healthy food
– Gain new skills and experiences
– Meet other friendly, compassionate people
– Make a difference as a team, with your school, family, church, or other group
– Fulfill community service hours required for school or another entity
Monday through Saturday Volunteer Drivers support MCHPP by driving to local super markets and picking up food donations. Volunteer Receivers process and sort the donations in preparation for food distribution in our Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Other Food Bank volunteers sort dry goods, meat, pet food, or prepare boxes of non-perishable items for Food Pantry clients.
The Soup Kitchen is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11am-12:30pm. Volunteers come early to help prepare, cook, and serve lunch. During the lunch hour volunteers serve food to clients, buss tables, scrape plates, and wash pots, pans, and dishes.
Food Pantry Volunteers work Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday assisting clients shop in our grocery store style pantry. Volunteers support clients during the intake process, manage the distribution of food to clients in the pantry, and assist clients to their cars.
Sporadic, Seasonal, and Other Programs
Needs in our community change with each season, and so does our pool of dedicated volunteers. In the summer months, volunteers serve lunches to children and teens for our Summer Food Service Program, as well as pick up leftover food from local farmers’ markets, and help garden around our buildings. During the school year, volunteers are needed to pack bags of food for children to take home on the weekends, through our BackPack Program. Additionally, year round we host monthly Mobile Pantries, where volunteers give out groceries to community members. Volunteers also help deep clean the facilities throughout the year.
Several times throughout the year, unusual opportunities arise for volunteers to get involved in. Special events may include harvesting carrots donated by a local farm, assembling newsletters for a mailing, or sorting large amounts of nonperishable items from a food drive.
Younger than 5th grade: There are very limited activities appropriate for children younger than 5th grade at MCHPP. We can occasionally accommodate younger children on a case by case basis with advanced planning. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to work in the Soup Kitchen.
Grades 5-8: We have some activities appropriate for children grades 5-8 who come to MCHPP with a guardian. We ask that guardians communicate with the Program Coordinators before bringing children.
Grade 9 and older: No supervision required in the Food Bank and Food Pantry. However, volunteers under 18 years of age are not allowed to be alone with an unrelated adult, including riding in agency vehicles.
No one under the age of 16 is allowed to use a knife or work in the Soup Kitchen unsupervised.
During stormy weather events, volunteers can call MCHPP’s Weather Hotline to find out if we still need them to come in for their shift. As always, we can adapt our operations as needed based on the volunteers who are able to make it in – so please only commute to MCHPP if you feel safe in doing so. Volunteer Weather Hotline – 844-9-CLOSED (844-925-6733)
MCHPP wants to hear from you! If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out the application or contact Heather with any questions you may have. We welcome any feedback on your experience as a volunteer, as well as any ideas you have.