Worthing Food Foundation
Do you enjoying chatting to people? Are you available for at least one morning a fortnight? Do you want to support people in your community who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown? Then this role could be for you.
East Worthing Foodbank was set up by local volunteers at the start of the COVID crisis to help local people who can't afford to buy enough food to feed themselves and their families. Food poverty is sadly not a new issue. But COVID has made the situation very much worse. The number of households with children going hungry has doubled since lockdown began. Recent data from the Food Foundation show that almost a fifth of households with children have been unable to access enough food in the past five weeks as they face up to the combined brutality of loss of income, isolation and hunger.
Our foodbank is different. We know people, even those in desperate need, find it hard to ask for help. So we are providing a service which respects their dignity. People who need food just have to contact us. They don't need to be referred by a third party agency. We don't ask lots of questions. And they don't need to come and collect the food. We deliver to them. We operate out of the East Worthing Baptist Church in Pendine Avenue and we deliver across the Worthing area to 60-80 households every week.
To help stock up our supplies, Waitrose supermarket in Worthing kindly allows two volunteers to stand in the store and receive donated item from shoppers for a couple of hours. We currently have a great team of volunteers but with some having to go back to work, we urgently need more people to do this role.
You will be volunteering alongside one other person (and we welcome a pair of friends or family who would like to do it together). And your role will be to:
- Spend a morning in Waitrose receiving donated items and thanking people for their kindness.
- Keep an eye on the trolley where people put their donations.
- Bag up the donated items at the end of the morning.
- Return the items to our depot at East Worthing Baptist Church (if you have transport - if not, we will arrange for another volunteer to do this).
We generally communicate with volunteers via Whatsapp - putting out a call once a
week to ask you to sign up for any slots that suit you. We are really flexible and
appreciate you might not be able to do the same slot every week. We ask for a
minimum commitment of one 2-hour session a fortnight but if you can do more, that would
You don't need to have done anything like this before but you should be comfortable chatting to the public and be able to explain how our foodbank works.
You must be sensitive and sympathetic towards the people we support; and not judge people who find themselves in this situation.
Of course, we are concerned with keeping everyone involved safe and well. So please only come forward to volunteer for us if:
- you’re well and have no symptoms of coronavirus.
- nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms.
- You haven't been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace team.
- If you feel strongly about the impact COVID-19 has had our community, this is a great opportunity to do something practical about it.
- You will meet new people and be part of a really positive team.
- If you're fed up stuck indoors, this role will give a chance to get out and about!
Practical ConsiderationsYou don't need to have a car to do this role. Waitrose is easily accessible by bus.
When do I need to be available?
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Where does this role take place?
- Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Community Food
- Emergency Response
- Mental Health
- No specific interest
- Older People
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer
- This role is adaptable for different abilities