Volunteers are essential for Feeding Avery Families to fulfill its mission. They donate approximately 10,000 hours of their time each year, sorting, packing, driving, assisting, making and serving soup, parking cars and spreading love and good cheer.
Due to current Social Distancing guidelines, Feeding Avery Families has shifted to a non-contact / drive-thru model for distribution of food to clients. To support this approach, roles for volunteers on Thursdays and Fridays have changed.
Truck Unloading and Stocking (Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30): On Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30, trucks from MANNA deliver large quantities of non-perishable items, produce, meat, and dairy products. Volunteers assist with unloading the trucks and staging products for distribution to clients on Friday. While lifting is required for moving some products, there are plenty of “light duty” tasks such as placing products on shelves and packing bulk produce into individual bags. We need 10 volunteers for this work each week.
Distribution (Fridays): On the first four Fridays of most months, clients pick up food between 9:30-11:30 AM or 1-3 PM. Clients are directed to drive to the reception station where Greeters collect necessary information (no lifting / some training required). Clients then pull forward and Loaders place products in the cars (lifting required). In the FAF building, Inside Volunteers pack additional boxes, repackage produce, assure that stock is available outside and conduct other tasks as needed (minor lifting may be required). Inside the FAF “Annex”, Reporting Volunteers take care of paperwork and computer data entry (no lifting / significant training required). 15 Volunteers are needed for each shift.
Food Pickup: 4 days each week, volunteers pick up meat, deli and bakery items from Food Lion in Banner Elk. Volunteers also pick up donations from the “Friends Feeding Friends” campaigns from Lowes Foods at Tynecastle.
Box Pickup: Feeding Avery Families needs 500 – 600 boxes each month for food distribution. Volunteers collect boxes from Lowes Foods at Tynecastle on a daily basis to assure adequate supply for packing day. Please contact Art Webb at email@example.com if you can assist with food and box pickup.
Special Projects: Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the year to support programs such as Empty Bowls, Woolly Worm Parking, Fund Raising Events, etc.