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December 3, 2008

Opportunities with the Northwest Portland Ministries Emergency Food Pantry

Northwest Portland Minstries adopted an emergency food bank program last December. We’ve been running it “as-is” this year, as we've learned more about how food banks work and about what our community needs. We are now gearing up to make significant improvements and changes. Read more in our newsletter, then see below for the many related volunteer opportunities available.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

Shop the Docks on Monday Morning at the Oregon Food Bank Warehouse: Job Description: Choose one or more Monday morning (between 9:30-AM-12:30 PM) per month. Select fresh produce at OFB (7900 NE 33rd) and deliver to the NWPM Food Pantry (1808 NW Irving) for our regular Tuesday distribution day. Help put away fresh produce & stock shelves.

Staff the Food Box During Open Hours: Tues & Fri. 10:30-1:30 (2 x a month) Job Description: Greet clients and sign them in, Assist with filling food requests, stock shelves, maintain neat shelves and racks. Basic clean-up duties. Address: 1806 NW Irving, First Immanuel Lutheran Church

Warehouse Volunteer: (Flexible Scheduling) Job Description: Help sort & pack up donated food. Help get items from the NWPM Warehouse (2145 NW Overton) to our distribution site (1808 NW Irving). Vehicle required.

Delivery Person: Help get perishables out into the community -quickly-via our Community Share Program. Vehicle, Bike trailer or little red wagon needed. Flexible scheduling.

Make clear & attractive signs! Do you have great art & design skills? We need basic signs made helping recipients know how many of various items are available for them to select, pictures of food, numbers & other such.

Food Box Team Leaders: We are looking for a few very responsible volunteers who can take the lead for volunteer-run shifts during distribution hours or for stocking work parties. Must be willing to open, close & supervise other volunteers. Advanced Training provided.

Friday Morning Trader Joe's Gleaning: Job Description: Use your large vehicle to pick up several bags of donated produce and other perishables at about 9 AM (2 Fridays a month) to be distributed that day. If you don’t have a car, you can still help us sort the donated food!

Bread Pick-up at Franz Bakery (NE 19th & Everett): On Wednesdays at 8:15 AM a volunteer gets bread for use in the Food For Kids BackPack Program, and delivers it to the NWPM Warehouse at 2145 NW Overton.

Organize a Food Drive for NWPM Nutrition Program: At your work, school, congregation, or via a party! Assistance available!

Food Pantry Recycling Volunteer: we need help managing the many boxes & other materials. Flexible schedule, vehicle required.

Handy People & Plumber Wanted!: NWPM is looking for a skilled plumber to donate his/her time to put in a sink in our food pantry. We also need people to create shelving, fix things etc. All expenses paid. Talk to Kelly for specifics.

Please note: If addressing hunger is of interest to you please know we’d love your help. If these opportunities are not a fit, we’d like to hear how you’d like to contribute!
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