Access Pantry Network Gleaning Event 1
Volunteer Info – Thursday, July 27 at DeVos Place (303 Monroe Ave NW)
Description: We will be gleaning food donations, boxing them and stacking them on pallets. This food will be loaded onto trucks to be distributed to 7 local food assistance organizations.
Timeframe: Volunteers can arrive to DeVos Place at 303 Monroe Ave by 2:45pm and will glean until 5-6pm.
Parking: Volunteers can enter the main hall entrance off of Monroe Ave, or if parking in the garage under DeVos Place, come up through the elevators. Carpooling is encouraged as volunteers or pantries must cover their own cost for parking meters or parking garages. Volunteers may not walk through the show room floor area of DeVos before they have been given instructions and told them may enter by Access staff.
Details: Volunteers must be able to do heavy lifting and physically demanding tasks. Volunteers must wear close toed shoes and appropriate clothing (Tshirts and athletic wear are acceptable). Volunteers are expected to act professionally and efficiently during gleaning time, following instructions and roles assigned. Volunteers may not glean food or show items for personal use.
Access Pantry Network Gleaning Event 2
Volunteer Info – Friday, July 28 at Bethlehem Lutheran (250 Commerce SW)
Description: We will be distributing dozens of pallets of food and flowers to 7 local food assistance organizations. We need all the help we can get to do this efficiently and effectively!
Timeframe: All volunteers should start between 8:30am to 9am. Distribution will likely end by 1pm, but volunteers can leave whenever needed.
When you arrive: please check in with the supervisor/lead volunteer from your agency. If new volunteers arrive for your group arrive after 8:30am please have them connect with your supervisor/lead volunteer for instructions.
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church (BLC) at 250 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, 49503
Parking: please do NOT park in the garage at BLC as that is where we will be distributing the food. Metered parking can be found on Commerce (please do not park directly in front of the garage as we need that space for our trucks) or the nearby side streets. Carpooling is recommended.
Details: Volunteers must be able to do heavy lifting and physically demanding tasks. Volunteers must wear close toed shoes and appropriate clothing (Tshirts and athletic wear are acceptable).
Volunteer as a one-on-one mentor for individuals as they transition from the nutrition program, adapting skills learned to their daily lives.
Using our cooking curriculum, partner with one of our CSA to Pantry sites to provide hands on cooking and conversation with CSA participants.
Support our community organizing work centered on food systems with our CSA to Pantry participants. Help facilitate discussions using our Food Systems 101 curriculum.
Work to help establish our pop-up food pantry farmers markets throughout Kent County.
Promote Culture of Health principles in charity food by supporting Access’ efforts with the Pantry Network of West Michigan.