URGENT - FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS AGES 16-65 NEEDED
Since the State of Illinois issued its first stay-at-home order in March, both of MSV’s food pantries have remained open to serve those most in need—and those finding themselves in need of food assistance for perhaps the first time in their lives. Our pantries are able to stay operational and assist the increasing numbers of people seeking help due to the presence and hard work of wonderful volunteers. Our regular team of pantry volunteers consists largely of seniors, who are most at risk from COVID-19 and therefore have been staying home for their own health and safety. We are most grateful to all of the individuals who have stepped in over the past six weeks to fill this urgent and ongoing need, and we will continue need volunteers for the next six weeks or more.
We especially need help keeping our west side Food Pantry at the Foglia Family and Youth Center fully staffed for those who find themselves in deep need right now and in the coming weeks. We are looking for volunteers who can assist with packing food boxes M-Sat, and who can help with distribution on M-W-F.
We have made the following adaptations to ensure safety and adequate social distancing:
• Food is pre-packed and given to clients (different from our usual Client Choice model)
• Staff/volunteer numbers are limited to provide adequate social distancing in the work spaces
• Clients enter one at a time to receive food; all surfaces are wiped/sanitized between clients
• When possible, clients with cars are provided with curbside distribution of food to reduce entries into the building
If you are between ages 16-65, are healthy (no cough/cold/fever symptoms), have not travelled internationally within the past 3 weeks, have not come into contact with anyone known to have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus, and are willing to help-
-please contact Colleen Mulcrone, Volunteer Manager, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a shift. Distribution shifts are Mon. 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Weds. 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.; Fri 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Packing shifts are Tues./Thurs. from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OR 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.s
We are also a partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and receive a majority of our pantries’ food supply from them. If you or anyone in your network is planning to volunteer (or already does) at GCFD, ask them to tell GCFD they are there on behalf of Marillac St. Vincent—MSV receives credits with them for all volunteer hours performed on our behalf, which are then applied to our orders from GCFD.
Thank you for your support.
For food pantry hours and information, click here.