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This event is from St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
They have an outreach ministry called Project: NEEDS.
On the first and third Thursday of most months, they have "a food pantry that distributes groceries to families and homeless people twice a month."
The food distribution is on Thursdays, but they prepare the food pantry on certain Tuesday nights (6:00 - 7:00pm).
My guess is tasks involve food sorting, re-stocking items, discarding old/expired items, going through donations, light cleaning, etc.
If anyone wants to help with the actual food distribution on Thursday nights, contact them via [masked]
Again, this is just with helping prepare/organize the food pantry.
If interested in helping, contact Donna Barr via [masked]
She will know if more volunteers are needed.
She can also tell you more (what the tasks are, when to arrive, where to park, where to go, etc.).
Please check with them to confirm the date, just in case anything changes or this is rescheduled/canceled. Thank you.
More info is at http://www.stpaulsrb.org/outreach.html
Even though this is at a church and other volunteers might be church members, they seem friendly and welcome anyone who wants to help...so being religious or Christian is not required.
In addition to the food pantry prep on Tuesday nights, they also provide a dinner to people in the community from 6:00 - 7:00pm.
They usually have enough volunteers from 5:00 - 7:00pm, but if anyone wants to help substitute whenever they need someone, feel free to check with them via [masked] or[masked]
Food is provided. My guess is volunteers help with setting up, serving food, and light cleaning.
Based on Google Maps, the church has a small parking lot and street parking seems available.
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