Augusta University
Sep 20

Golden Harvest Food Bank

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Feeding Live Together. We believe that everyone in our community should have enough nutritious food to live a happy, healthy life. We strive to increase access to healthy food and foster long-term stability for neighbors in need with the help of our donors, partners and volunteers.

Your time is a gift to hungry kids, seniors and others who don’t have enough to eat. By working together, we can make an immediate impact on fighting hunger here in our communities. For this project, we are asking that teams collect donations for our guests at The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen, and our staff will distribute them to community members in need at our daily lunch service. During the fall and winter months, the most needed items are: Rain ponchos, socks, umbrellas, hats, gloves, sanitary napkins, feminine products and book bags.

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Blessing Bag Donations Project

GHFB public food distributions (mobile markets) will occur weekly at different locations in our 25-county service area. A truck from Golden Harvest Food Bank will deliver grocery items and food boxes to be distributed to anyone in need. We can accommodate 1 volunteer team of no more than 5 volunteers from Augusta University for each mobile market. For most of the mobile markets, we have National Guard and volunteers from the host-site helping.

Volunteers are tasked with the following:

  • Volunteer tasks will vary for each mobile market and might include unloading the GHFB truck, setting up food on tables, placing food in bags, loading food into clients’ vehicles, asking each driver a series of required questions. We appreciate volunteers being flexible, with a missionary spirit when given an assignment by a staff member.
  • The type of food distributed at each mobile market will also vary and might include produce, grocery items, vegetables, canned goods, packaged beans, etc.
  • The number of clients we serve at each mobile market will vary and is very unpredictable. Sometimes cars start lining up hours in advance. Sometimes we have food boxes left over.

Volunteer requirements:

  • Volunteers should be at least 18 years old, comfortable standing/working for 3-4 hours outside, able to lift 10-20 pounds repeatedly and are required to wear a face mask for their entire volunteer shift.
  • If you are unable to lift more than 10 pounds, please let a GHFB staff member when you arrive so they can assign you a different task.
  • Volunteers should be comfortable welcoming/greeting each vehicle with a smile, asking each vehicle driver a series of required questions, documenting answers on paper and answering any questions/concerns from clients respectfully with professional tact and courtesy.
  • Dress according to the weather forecast. Comfortable, casual clothes that can get dirty/sweaty. CLOSED TOED shoes are required for safety.
  • Bring anything to keep you cool and comfortable since we will be working outdoors: bottled water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, sweat towel, etc.

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Mobile Market Food Distribution Project

Food drives are a great way to help our neighbors in need. When you run a food drive, you’re putting meals on the tables of those who need it most, and filling hearts with hope along the way. We will provide a detailed list of suggested food items as well as helpful tips to make your team’s food drive a success for teams that are interested in taking on this project for our community.

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Community Food Drive Project