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We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” But for those who donot have enough to eat food, can be a problem. One in seven Americans struggles with hunger every day. Yet it’s not just adults who need help: millions of children go hungry yearly.
If you are looking for an easy way to make a difference, and want to help fight hunger in your community- there is no better place, than your local food bank. Here are five reasons- you should look for volunteer opportunities at food banks:
The food bank needs volunteers.
Volunteering at a food bank may be something if you want to make a difference and help others. Food banks always need volunteers, especially during the holiday when demand increases dramatically.
Volunteers are essential because they help keep things running smoothly, enabling staff members to focus on providing services rather than managing volunteers or dealing with other tasks that can be done by people without specialized training or experience.
Volunteers also ensure that everyone who comes in gets what they need-even if it means running out of food before closing time! In addition, they provide valuable information about how well specific programs are working so that organizations can adjust their operations accordingly (e.g., “We gave out more canned fruit this year than last year.”).
And finally, having more people coming through each day allows us to reach more people who otherwise might have gone hungry if we didn’t exist!
Helping the staff keeps them from feeling burnt out.
Volunteering at a food bank is a great way to help the staff feel less burnt out. Volunteers are more likely to stay given meaningful tasks which can make all the difference for people working in low paying jobs with high stress levels.
Volunteers can help with more than just food distribution – they can also assist with fundraising and other tasks that keep your organization running smoothly.
It’s a great place to network.
Volunteering at a food bank is a great way to network, and connect with people – with similar interests. You may meet potential employers or learn about other volunteer opportunities in your area.
Even if you don’t find anything immediately, it is still possible that your volunteering experience will lead to something better down the line. In addition- to making connections with others, you will also be helping out in your community by providing food for those who need it most!
You can directly impact the lives of people who need help.
You’ll be able to see first-hand how your time and resources make a difference in someone else’s life. You might even get to know some of the people you are helping by volunteering at food banks and other places where they come to receive food or other assistance.
Volunteering at a food bank can be especially rewarding because it allows you to help someone struggling financially or with health issues that make it difficult for them to work full-time jobs (or any job).
For example: if you live near a shelter for homeless people and volunteer there one day per week for two hours each visit, this could impact those around you in ways that may surprise even yourself!
Volunteering helps you feel good about helping your community and yourself.
You can make a difference in the lives of others, feel good about yourself and meet new people. Volunteering also allows you to network with other volunteers, and staff members at food banks, shelters and other organizations that need help around town.
Volunteering at a food bank is one of the best ways to help your community and yourself. It’s a great way to network with other volunteers, staff members and donors.