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Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time:
Throughout SoCal, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors, etc.).
Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food.
Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate.
If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some).
Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions.
All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions.
In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up.
Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors.
To help me save time, this is automatically posted, but please contact them to confirm this is happening on Saturday. They are open nearly every Saturday except major holidays.
Again, regardless of what is posted on here, please check with them to confirm the date.
Their contact info can be found at the bottom of http://www.lakewoodfirstumc.org/broken-loaf-food-pantry
I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.
This is from a church group, Lakewood First United Methodist
"Volunteers can help by assisting clients with their shopping, help in the clothing room, and support serving of refreshments in the refreshment area."
The church address is on Bellflower Blvd. Parking might be available in their parking lot. If parking on a street, such as Harvey Way, look for a driveway entrance/exit or alley.
Look for a metal door that should be open. It should be near their kitchen or pantry. If you see other people, ask for the "Captain" (probably the person in charge) and he/she will help you get started on how to help.
btw, sometimes events like this are unpredictable...maybe one week they are low on volunteers and another week/month they have a bunch of unexpected volunteers show up (students, another group/company, etc.). So if they are crowded and have "too many" volunteers, thank you for your patience and understanding.
If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability.
Greater Los Angeles
Photo Source/Credit: Lakewood First United Methodist