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Volunteers

Who is a typical Pantry Volunteer?
You!

Our Volunteers come from all walks of life and possess a variety of skills, talents and expertise. While Marco Island is seasonal as are many of our loyal Volunteers, hunger does not know the season and the Pantry needs Volunteers year round. Guests numbers do increase significantly when the children are out of school in the summertime and no longer receiving subsidized breakfasts and lunches.

A particular need of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is for Volunteers who speak Spanish to assist at our mobile outreach to provide translation services. We are also seeking Volunteers interested in Heavy Lifting (+50lbs), Fundraising and Grant Writing.

Stay connected with other Volunteers on our Facebook Page!

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

A Volunteer-Led Organization

As a volunteer-led and volunteer-run organization, more than 500 individuals lend their skills, expertise and time to serve our neighbors in need. Our Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and offer their life experience in meaningful ways. 

Volunteer FAQs

Whatever your role, we want you to be comfortable and safe. Closedtoe shoes are requested as there is a great deal of movement- people, carts and boxes of food! When you volunteer, you will also be given a purple Our Daily Bread Food Pantry apron to wear over your clothing while you’re “on the job”. Pantry T-shirts are available for your purchase at our cost.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, Harry Chapin Food Bank’s recently revised Covid-19 Plan, and the fast-growing number of Covid-19 variant cases throughout Florida, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry will be adopting the following policies effective November 12, 2021 for all volunteers:

VACCINATED PEOPLE: (those who have received a complete vaccine* 2+ weeks ago):
Masks are optional when assigned to tasks indoors. Optional when serving (traffic control, registration, and food distribution) guests outside at drive through mobile pantries and Saturday Pantry.

– Gloves are recommended for general use (still required for handling produce)
– Social Distancing strongly suggested
– Temperature screening will still be done
–  Out of state travel does NOT require a quarantine period before returning to the
food pantry.
– Direct exposure to COVID positive persons one of the following:

a 14 day quarantine.

10 days quarantine with a negative COVID test after day 5.

wearing a mask for 14 days, or 10 days with a negative COVID            test after day 5.

 

NON-VACCINATED PEOPLE**:
Masks MUST be worn at all times – fully covering nose and mouth.
-Gloves are recommended for general use (still required for handling produce.
– Social Distancing is recommended.
– Temperature screening will still be done.

–  Out of state travel does require a quarantine period before returning to the food pantry of 7 days with a negative test or 10 days without symptoms.- –  -Direct exposure to COVID positive persons requires a 14-day quarantine.

* Vaccine is considered complete 14 days after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or single dose of Jansenn (Johnson & Johnson)

** Prior positive diagnosis of COVID-19 does not constitute “vaccinated” for the purpose of this policy.

 In the four-hour volunteer window on Saturdays we serve about 550 families.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers provide critical manpower to everything done at the Pantry. Looking to the coming months, the following roles are greatly needed:

Food Handlers:
Unload, weigh, date, mark, repackage and stock food in the Pantry. Lifting is required.
Food Collectors/Drivers:
Collect food from the grocery stores, food banks and more
Food Packers:
Create pre-packed bags of food to be used for Appointments, Express Bags, Mobile Outreaches, Weekend School Backpack Program and more 
Registrars:
Register Guests for all Saturday Pantries, Mobile Outreaches, Appointments and collect all required forms.

Spanish and Creole speaking Registrars are especially needed.

Data Entry Specialists:
Enter Guest and financial data into computer system
Office Assistants:
Completing office work such as copying, filing, updating spreadsheets, official record maintenance, creating reports and more

Prayer Assistants:
Pray with Guests and give out Bibles and Gospel tracts if the Guests so desire
Cleaners:
Clean and maintain the Pantry Building
Translators:
Assist Pantry staff and Guests with translation in Creole and/or Spanish 

We Need Volunteers

As a volunteer-led and volunteer-run organization, more than 500 individuals lend their skills, expertise and time to serve our neighbors in need. Our Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and offer their life experience in meaningful ways.