Nourishing Neighbours Food Bank Volunteer

(St Luke's Anglican Church, Palermo)

Position ID: V-HVC0216 Last Full Update: 15 Oct 2018
Opportunity Details
CommentsThe Nourishing Neighbours program at St. Luke’s Community Centre works to provide food, grocery items and essential supplies to local residents in need of a helping hand. We collect items from donors in Oakville and other communities, and we need volunteers like you to make sure they are distributed to the people who need them. 
This is a bi-weekly position, year round. Minimum commitment is 3 months. You may be added to the wait list if there is a lot of interest.
ContactJessica Howden, Community Centre Coordinator, St. Luke's Anglican Church and Community Centre; Phone: 905-825-3364 ext 82; Email:
DutiesThis program takes place at St. Luke's each Thursday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It is operated in partnership with Food for Life Halton, which distributes fresh produce and grocery items to many food bank initiatives in the Region. Volunteers will be responsible for setting up and taking down tables, chairs and grocery items; preparing foods for distribution; and ensuring that the program’s clients are served with respect and support. With your help, we can do our part in alleviating the cycle of poverty in our community and throughout Oakville. 
Successful candidates will possess: 
• Good organization and planning skills 
• Ability to lift loads and unload items from a truck 
• Friendly, outgoing, compassionate personalities with a willingness to help 
• Food preparation skills (or a willingness to learn) 
• Ability to monitor inventory and keep records 
Key Responsibilities: 
• Set up tables and chairs 
• Help to unload food from truck 
• Display available food items 
• Package food items 
• Provide hospitality 
• Assist clients 
• Keep records 
• Take down tables and chairs 
• Ensure food is properly stored 
Volunteers will be assigned to a rotating schedule once or twice per month depending on the number of volunteers.
BenefitsLimited free parking available; proof of volunteer hours provided for secondary school students.
ClientsVolunteers assist a variety of people from across Halton Region who are in need of grocery items. Volunteers help to distribute food to these clients in a friendly and safe environment.
Ages14 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Youth (12-18) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a hearing impairment ; Persons with a mental disability ; Persons with a physical disability ; Persons with a visual impairment ; Newcomers / English as a second language ; Couples ; Families ; Community Groups ; Workplaces / Corporate Groups
Areas of InterestCommunity / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Community Outreach ; Donations - Food, Non-Perishable Items ; Food Services / Nutrition ; Group / Family Volunteering ; Poverty & Homelessness
Skills/ExperienceCustomer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing - Friendly, outgoing, and compassionate with a willingness to help ; Listening Skills ; Planning & Organizing - Good organization and planning skills ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Skilled Labour - Food preparation skills (or a willingness to learn), ability to lift loads and unload items from a truck ; Team Work
Commitment LengthShort Term - We ask that you commit to a minimum of 3 months ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesThursday: Afternoon (4 pm - 6 pm)
SeasonsYear Round ; Nourishing Neighbours operates every week throughout the year, with the exception of two weeks during the Christmas and Holiday season when the Community Centre is closed.
AccessibilityFully Accessible - Wheelchair accessible path, doors and facility. ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Easy access to elevator ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features
Location3114 Dundas St. West, Oakville ON, L6M 4J3
Number of PositionsOakville: 5 individual(s) 
5 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; An overview and training session is held at the beginning of September. Volunteers are also welcome to join any time during the year; lead volunteers can provide simple and easy training on-the-job.
TransportationNear public transit ; Accessible by Oakville Transit routes 5 and 33, as well as other transit.
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Organization NameSt Luke's Anglican Church, Palermo
Office Phone905-825-3364
Address & Map
3114 Dundas St W
Oakville, ON L6M 4J3
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