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Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank needs an accurate estimate of how many people will be volunteering for this event, so please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you aren't able to make it to this event.

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IMPORTANT VOLUNTEER INFO:

Open-toe shoes are PROHIBITED at the warehouse.  Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty (which probably won't happen, but it's a possibility).

Please arrive to the warehouse ON TIME.  We can't begin until EVERYONE is at the warehouse.

Additional volunteer info can be found at the MD Food Bank's website, at www.mdfoodbank.org.

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The Maryland Food Bank was founded in 1979 to coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the state's hungry.

 

Volunteers usually work on a high-tech conveyor belt in the warehouse, pulling specific types of food from the belt as they pass, and packing the sorted food into 25 - 50-pound boxes. Full boxes are then placed on the Maryland Food Bank's daily menu, available for more than 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across the state to order.

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  • Mitch

    The waiting list is actually down to single digits! Thanks to everyone for updating their RSVPs.

    1 · August 7, 2014

  • marsha b.

    hey Mitch, I rsvp but am listed on the wait list

    August 6, 2014

    • Mitch

      Looks like you're on the volunteer list now. See you on Saturday.

      August 6, 2014

  • Mitch

    15 people are still on the waiting list, so please remember to update your RSVP by Thurs (preferably sooner) of you can't make it.

    We'd like to give as much as much advance notice as possible to anyone being moved up from the waiting list.

    Also, please remember to be ON TIME on Saturday. We can't start until everyone is at the warehouse.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • Kelly

    I just had to cancel, unexpected out of town. So my spot is now available

    July 30, 2014

    • Paul

      Sorry to hear, see you next time!!

      July 30, 2014

  • Stephanie F.

    I'm already going to the Meet Up on 8/2/2014. I thought I would confirm that before the event so I don't get bumped.

    July 29, 2014

    • Mitch

      Although you are signed up for Aug 2, that shouldn't change your status for this event on Aug 9. (You're currently on the waiting list for Aug 9.)

      July 29, 2014

  • Kelly

    I'd like the first spot if there is a cancellation please.

    July 21, 2014

    • Mitch

      You're already on the volunteer list. (Looks like you got your RSVP in before the event filled up.)

      July 21, 2014

    • Kelly

      Yippee

      1 · July 28, 2014

  • Samantha R.

    Hi so it said I was going and then updated to include a friend and now I'm on the wait list... Confused??

    July 27, 2014

    • Debra J.

      Samantha because there was already waiting list the system couldn't add your additional person. It's the way the waiting logic works - it can't bump someone to add a guest so it bumped you to add them.

      2 · July 28, 2014

  • Mitch

    FYI, here's an article from the Baltimore Sun on how the Maryland Food Bank is helping the community near the Sparrows Point steel mill that closed a couple of years ago: http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/822/article/p2p[masked]/

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Mitch

    The waiting list is about to grow larger than the number of available volunteer positions -- as usual!

    So PLEASE remember to update your RSVP as soon as possible if you can't make it. Otherwise, you'll have 13 people on the waiting list (so far) who will be mad at you for preventing them for volunteering for this popular event!

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I always am floored to see the response this event gets each time it is posted. Keep up the great work!

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • Mitch

      And we're in the middle of summer vacation season, which makes the response even more impressive. (I thought I was the only one who doesn't generally take summer vacations...)

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • marsha b.

    Thanks, this will be my first time joining you all and first time at the MDFB ..do I need to wear anything special..ie boots, gloves etc.

    July 22, 2014

    • Mitch

      In addition, there's a slight chance that you might get dirty from a package that spills or breaks open, so you'll probably want to wear old clothes.

      July 22, 2014

    • marsha b.

      Thanks Debra and Mitch this is helpful

      July 22, 2014

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