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Volunteer at Food Bank Warehouse-April

 

 

 

 

Update...we are now collecting soda can flip tops for Ronald McDonald house, so bring them in with you and they will be collected by Debbie or myself (Sharon) Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. promotes the health, development and well being of children and their families. They accomplish this through the Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, and by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and their families.

We are welcome, reliable and trusted volunteer helpers at the Food Bank and we are on their schedule every month. This month we will be working  the 6:30-8:30 shift as usual.This is a very fun as well as rewarding opportunity. Don't worry if you think you won't be able to keep up...no one will be judging how hard or long you work...breaks are fine.

We normally meet up for coffee or dinner at the Route 7 Diner beforehand...around 5:15-5:30....let me know if you plan on coming there so I can secure a big enough table!

If the list fills up, make sure you get on the waiting list because the list changes a LOT and we want to make sure we have a full group. They really need a solid commitment of numbers.

If you cannot make it, PLEASE make sure you take your name off the RSVP as soon as you can, even if there is not a waiting list. The Food Bank needs to know how many are coming and I would like to assure them that the head count I give them is how many show up.

From this point forward, if you are a no show to two volunteer meetups, you will be removed from the group and will have to rejoin in three months. I am sorry for this new policy but it is the only way to build and maintain a trustworthy and credible group of volunteers.

No flip-flops, slippers or sandals, please.ALSO, leave all purses and backpacks in your vehicle.

The work in the warehouse consists of the sorting and repacking of non food items, as well as some food items like cookies and produce, etc.  Most of the volunteer work takes place in the warehouse, sorting and repacking items for distribution to our member agencies. The work can be dirty at times, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting soiled and dress in layers to stay warm in the warehouse.

Remember, this work can be tortuous...all those desserts to drool over. OK...the steaks too for you meat lovers!

All ages are welcome in the warehouse, however those under 14 or 15 years old must be accompanied by adults.

REMEMBER-Join the waiting lists so we have backup!


About the Food Bank of Northeastern NY.

The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties. From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 20 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies.


The mission of the Regional Food Bank is to alleviate hunger and prevent food waste.  We work toward this mission by ensuring that all products available for donation reach the Food Bank and are distributed judiciously to our member agencies; by practicing responsible stewardship; and by actively participating in the community to increase awareness of hunger and poverty.

The Regional Food Bank is a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

DIRECTIONS

965 Albany-Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110
Phone[masked]
Fax[masked]


From the North

  • Take the Northway south to Exit 6.
  • Turn right at end of ramp. This puts you on Rt. 7 heading west toward Schenectady.
  • Stay on Rt. 7 for 2-3 miles (5 lights).
  • Just past the Route 7 Diner and the Mobil Station on your left, turn left onto Albany-Shaker Road. (If you reach McDonald’s, you just missed the turn.)
  • The Food Bank is the second driveway on the left. There is a sign out by the road, and the building is set in from the road a bit. Park in the front lot in front of the building.

From the South

  • Take the Thruway north to Exit 24.
  • Take the Northway (I-87) north to Exit 6.
  • Turn left at end of ramp. This puts you on RT. 7 heading west toward Schenectady.
  • Stay on Rt. 7 for 2-3 miles (6 lights).
  • Just past the Route 7 Diner and the Mobil Station on your left, turn left onto Albany-Shaker Road. (If you reach McDonald’s, you just missed the turn.)
  • The Food Bank is the second driveway on the left. There is a sign out by the road, and the building is set in from the road a bit. Park in the front lot in front of the building.

From the East (Rensselaer/Troy)

  • Take Rt. 2 west toward Schenectady. Go around the Latham circle and get on Rt. 7 west.
  • Stay on Rt. 7 for 2-3 miles (6 lights).
  • Just past the Route 7 Diner and the Mobil Station on your left, turn left onto Albany-Shaker Road. (If you reach McDonald’s, you just missed the turn.)
  • The Food Bank is the second driveway on the left. There is a sign out by the road, and the building is set in from the road a bit. Park in the front lot in front of the building.

From the West (Schenectady)

  • Take Rt. 7 east toward Latham. You will pass Bellevue Hospital, Faddegon’s Nursery, and McDonald’s, all of which will be on your right.
  • Just past McDonald’s, turn right onto Albany-Shaker Road.
  • The Food Bank is the second driveway on the left. There is a sign out by the road, and the building is set in from the road a bit. Park in the front lot in front of the building.

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  • Bernie G.

    A much deserved break for a hard worker like yourself Bridget!-)

    April 20, 2013

  • Eric R.

    My feet hurt!!!

    April 19, 2013

  • Debbie

    Another great time Sharon! Who needs a gym membership when you can volunteer at the Food Bank? Thanks for all your organizing and for letting everyone know about our collecting the soda can pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House!

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was packing seltzer in my dreams last night, my arms feel so toned today I don't think I will go to the gym today!

    April 19, 2013

  • joseph

    little hard work don't hurt

    April 19, 2013

  • Dom

    AS usual a great bunch of folks at the April Food Bank Meetup!

    For those of you interested in volunteering at the Literacy Run / Walk 5K (5/5/2013 Rensselaer Tech. Park) that I posted. please note I will be working for the Run on Saturday and will not be there on Sunday 5/5. If interested please call Barb at[masked]

    April 19, 2013

  • Bernie G.

    Amen to that.

    April 19, 2013

  • Sharon

    WHHHYYYY is this so much fun???? I still haven't quite figured out why hard work in a warehouse can be so therapeutic, fun and socially interactive. Where else do you find people arguing over if corn starch is a condiment or a baking item? Where else do you find people so anxious to get THEIR box full of the right items in a specific category? How does debate and laughter create such a rewarding, social event? All I know is I ALWAYS come away from this night in a much better mood...and full of pride for being a part of this very special opportunity for us all to make a difference!

    3 · April 18, 2013

  • Bernie G.

    Always nice to see you:-)

    April 18, 2013

  • carolyn

    Great

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry that I need to cancel last minute. I'm not feeling well.

    April 18, 2013

  • Paul

    Sorry I've got to cancel this week... looking forward to the next meetup.

    April 17, 2013

  • Renzie

    So sorry but work is getting in the way of my life.

    April 17, 2013

  • Sharon

    I am going to be running late so will not be at the diner this week....however, others might. If you get at the diner first, let the waitress know you are with the volunteers so if someone else comes in, they can ask for the volunteer table. See you at the warehouse.

    April 16, 2013

  • Sharon S.

    Sorry I can't attend. I know everyone will have a great time.

    April 16, 2013

  • Debbie H

    Sorry can't make this time a work commitment came up. Have fun.

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it Thursday. I look forward to the next time.

    April 15, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    + 1

    April 1, 2013

  • Bernie G.

    I look forward to it. See you all there.

    March 25, 2013

  • Beth

    Wish I could do it again in April, but I have a must-do event that night.

    March 25, 2013

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