Volunteers are at the heart of Food & Friends’ mission. Thanks to the generosity of more than 12,600 volunteers, 14% more meals were delivered in 2011 than in 2010.
This year, we plan to increase meal production by 7.5% and we need volunteers to deliver more than 630,000 of the 1,268,000 nutritious meals heading to the homes of men, women and children facing life-challenging illnesses. Help us meet this need and make a special commitment by joining us as a delivery volunteer.
“The need in our community for Food & Friends’ services continues to increase. The solution to this challenge relies on the community stepping forward and giving time on a regular basis,” says Don Pitz, Volunteer Coordinator at Food & Friends. “Although we were able to serve everyone that was referred to us last year, it’s becoming difficult to deliver to additional clients when the number of delivery volunteers is not keeping pace.”
Food & Friends’ services are free of charge thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors. To minimize expenses, our goal is to have at least 50% of all meals delivered by volunteers and the remaining 50% by staff drivers. To make this a reality, we need an additional 20-25 delivery volunteers each week for the rest of the year. Without the help of volunteers, Food & Friends will pay an additional $127,000 for delivery drivers.
Delivering is fun, easy to do and can fit into your schedule. We are looking for people to deliver in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia on a regular basis—once a week or once/twice a month depending on your schedule. Routes take approximately 1.5 to 3 hours to complete and we provide a map taking you from door to door. No matter how busy you are, we can find a delivery route that is perfect for you!
Become a delivery volunteer today by contacting Don Pitz, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 269-6835.