Friday, June 13, 2014

A terrific volunteer opportunity: Pantry Partners

Marion-Polk Food Share

 Passionate About Vegetables or Healthy Eating?

Our Pantries are looking for you! 
Become a Pantry Partner Volunteer
Join us!

Safe Food-Sampling Training

When:  Wednesday June 25
2-3pm or 6-7pm

Location: Marion-Polk Food Share Community Room

Click here to RSVP to one of the trainings.

Event Sponsors

Learn the basics of Safe-Food Sampling
then become a dedicated Pantry Partner Volunteer!

What do I do as a Pantry Partner Volunteer?
  • sample food at your local food pantry once a month (dates scheduled with the pantry)
  • talk to people at the pantry about great veggies and whole grains
  • food is prepared ahead of time so all you have to do is pick up your samples to reheat
  • have fun - You gain amazing relationships with pantry guests and volunteers!

Why is Food-Sampling important?

  • It engages clients and gives them an understanding of the product they will be taking home
  • Provides an opportunity to give out recipes
  • A product is less likely to be rejected if the client is familiar with how it tastes  

What will you learn?
1. SAFETY of:
  • preparing food for sampling
  • serving a sample
  • maintaining a clean sampling area
2.  Hear details about the revitalized Tasting Table Program for your agency. Program will include monthly recipes and pre-made samples of that recipe to hand out to clients.

Ready to sign-up?
Click here to sign-up as a Pantry Partner volunteer wanting to help an agency or to sign-up volunteers from your agency to learn how to safely sample food at your pantry or meal site.
Hint: Avid cooks and gardeners are great resources for sampling volunteers.  This can be a good opportunity to recruit new help for your agency!
Questions?  Call or email Megan Rivera, Americorps VISTA nutrition specialist