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Would anyone want to attend this event and help host?
Hosting isn't hard.
It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together.
If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup.
Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site?
A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help.
Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes.
Scroll down for more info on how to register with them.
Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, 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.
I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.
This event is from The Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim and The Raise Foundation.
Volunteer tasks include:
"Setting up and cleaning afterward"
"Setting up tables, packing veggies and fruits in plastic bags in an organized manner"
"Handling food and giving it away to families"
"Running an arts and craft activity"
To help me save time, this is automatically scheduled in this group on a recurring/repeating basis. It's possible the date posted here is wrong and they change to another Saturday due to holidays, inclement weather, or other reasons.
I'll try to check each month, but if I forget, please remember to contact them to confirm this is happening on this date.
To repeat, the food distribution usually occurs on the 4th Saturday of each month, but might be rescheduled to the 3rd Saturday for holidays such as Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas.
Check with Monserrat Pala from the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim via
This event is at Manzanita Park, next to the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim.
They might have enough volunteers, so contacting them before going is recommended.
If they have "too many" volunteers show up, thank you for being patient and understanding.
If anyone wants to help, contact Monserrat Pala from the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim via
After registering with them, they will send a waiver to fill out and more info/details (when to arrive, where to park, what to wear/bring, etc.).
The park is west of Harbor Blvd and south of the 91 freeway.
From Romneya Drive, go to Riviera Street, and head north. Some parking spots should be available at the end of the street (Riviera), next to the park.
If it's full, maybe try street parking Riviera St. Please check signs wherever you park.
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 with whatever happens.
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: The Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim
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