Ways to Help
Volunteers are vital to the work we do!
You can make a difference.
Give the gift of your time and talent as an IFC volunteer and make a difference in the fight against hunger. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn and develop new skills and have fun while making a direct impact in your community in the fighting against hunger.
- Receive, stock and inventory items into our warehouse;
- Pick-up bulk donations from our various sponsors and from privately-organized food drives, using one of our IFC trucks;
- Check in and register clients;
- Prepare and distribute weekly grocery bags to over 1,000 qualified clients and families registered for our Food Pantry program;
- Prepare and distribute sack lunches to, and assess possible additional assistance needs of, homeless individuals and families through our Homeless Lunch program;
- Distribute federally provided food items through the FEMA-funded Emergency Assistance program.
Refer ClientsWe all come across people and families in our community who are struggling with ongoing hunger and nutritional needs, and often the biggest barrier to reaching out to them is not knowing what to do or how to help.
If you know someone or come into contact with someone who appears to be in need of nutritional assistance, please pass along information about our program and tell them to give us a call. Such simple acts can mean so much to someone in need.
Spread the Word
In addition to meeting daily hunger and nutrition needs, we also recognize our responsibility to educate the community about the extent of the problem. The biggest hurdles we face in addressing the hunger and nutrition issues in our community is a lack of awareness of the scope of this crisis, a lack of understanding of its devastating impact, on both the individuals it directly affects and on our community as a whole, and a lack of knowledge about how we can help.
Staying informed on all three fronts is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to help.