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Josephine County Food Bank needs more volunteers

The Josephine County Food Bank needs more volunteers for the Fresh Alliance Program. Volunteers pick up donated food from local grocery stores to help feed people in need.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 3:50 AM
Updated: Oct 7, 2019 12:50 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The Josephine County Food Bank needs more volunteers to help feed people in need, "because no one should go hungry."

The food bank said they need more volunteers for the Fresh Alliance Program. Volunteers pick up donated food from local grocery stores, such as Albertson's, WinCo or Safeway. This program helps the food bank collect more than 1,500 pounds of donated food each day. That's more than 400,000 pounds of food each year. 

Volunteers take a large truck to grocery stores. There, they will box up donated meat, milk, veggies and plenty of other food. It's all fresh and safe to eat. The volunteers weigh the boxes and measure the temperature of the food inside. All of this information is written down so the food bank can keep track of it. Donated groceries are stored at the food bank until they are picked up by a local food pantry.

Two volunteers go out at a time - a driver and a rider. The food bank said they need about five more drivers and five more riders. 

"It's a really rewarding process," said Volunteer Coordinator Hailey Rodriguez. "At the end of the day, you feel like you've made a difference and you can see the direct impact here in Josephine County when going to a pantry or talking to a client. You can really tell what you've done to help this community."

Jeff Burbridge started to volunteer after he retired. He's been volunteering for two years now and is one four consistent drivers at the food bank. He said that volunteering does more than keep him active during retirement. 

"I'm blessed," said Burbridge. "I've had a good career, managed to retire and now it's time to give back to people that need it."

For more information about how to volunteer you can call: 541-479-5556.

You can also email the volunteer coordinator: hailey.rodriguez@jocofoodbank.org

For more information about the Josephine County Food Bank click here

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