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Ethics in Action: Repacking and Sorting for St Louis Food Bank

The Foodbank receives a variety of products from community food drives, local and national food manufacturers, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This food gets distributed by our 500+ partner agencies including soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, serving families in need throughout 14 counties in Missouri and 12 counties in Illinois. The majority of this product needs to be repackaged for distribution.

IMPORTANT: I've signed us up for 12 person-slots. Please only RSVP with one group on Meetup so that I can get an accurate head count. If you cannot attend, please change your RSVP as soon as possible so that someone else can take your place.

When you check in, let them know you are with "Ethics in Action". Check-in time is at 10. We can meet up before then for a group photo. Please consider carpooling for the environment and your wallets - make arrangements in the comments.

Volunteers should expect:

• Tasks will vary depending on the needs of the Foodbank.

• Tasks may include: sorting and packing food or building CSFP boxes.

• Volunteers should be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently.

• Younger volunteers accepted over 2 years of age when volunteering with a parent/guardian (please let me know if this is the case.) Volunteers will be on their feet for the majority of the time

• Some volunteers may be asked to lift and/or move boxes of food weighing up to 50 lbs. Bring work gloves (they also have cheap-o ones upon request).

• Clothes may get dirty. For safety purposes, please no shorts, no headphones, footwear must cover your toes, and no cell phone use while in work area.

• Expect to have a lot of fun!  This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other while doing good.

Please park and enter at the front of the building by the windowed area, not in the circular drive area. At the beginning of the shift, you will receive a brief overview of the Foodbank as well as watch a 2 minute video of what they do.

Volunteer projects will vary as needed: 1) Inspecting, sorting, and repackaging of donated food and non-food items. 2) Labeling and repackaging bulk food donations/or unlabeled food donations. 3) Building “assembly-line” style food boxes for low-income elderly individuals.

Feel free to bring a food donation. Bragging on social media encouraged, per the Foodbank!

Message me if you have any questions.


Ethics in Action is a volunteer brigade of the St Louis Coalition of Reason.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a lot of fun sorting the "smile boxes" full of cookies. :)

    May 23, 2014

  • Missy R.

    We always work hard but have a lot of fun at the Foodbank. Today we helped package 912 boxes of food for low income seniors. That equates to enough meals for one person to eat for the next 23 years! It's a very rewarding experience.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • India

    Dunno if I typed in the rsvp answer so...yes, I'll change my rsvp if I can't make it.

    January 8, 2014

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