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Arlington Food Bank needs volunteers as much as food
ARLINGTON Winter is approaching which means that the Arlington Food Bank needs the communitys support to help hungry families have holiday meals.
According to Arlington Food Bank Manager Pam Titus, however, the most pressing need is not so much for food itself, but for people to assist in distributing it.
Our main shortfall is in volunteers, Titus said. Weve lost a few recently, either because theyve moved on, theyve gotten busy with other things or they simply needed a break. A lot of our folks are elderly which means that more than a few of them are dealing with deaths in their families or heading south for the winter. We have seven volunteers left on Tuesdays and 12 left on Fridays, when we should have about 14 for each of those days.
When Titus asks for volunteers, though, shes not expecting people who will stay the entire day. Rather, shes looking to fill shifts that only last an hour and a half each, and she likewise hopes to recruit enough volunteers to be able to schedule them on a rotation of one such day per month, during which those people would either organize groceries and other food items in the food banks storeroom, or dispense them to their clients in need.
We recognize that most people lead busy lives now, which is why were trying not to schedule anyone to volunteer too often, Titus said. Between local businesses, churches and other organizations, our community has always been supportive of our need for food supplies, but were hoping theyll be able to help us hand it out, as well.
For those who wish to contribute food as well, Titus advised that non-perishable canned goods always make the best choice for donation, although she elaborated that toiletry items and laundry soap are appreciated as well.
For Titus, who began volunteering five years ago and became manager of the food bank a year ago, not only is the work worthwhile, but so are the people shes met, whom she encouraged her neighbors to get to know.
The Arlington Food Bank is located on 127 1/2 W. Cox Ave. and may be reached by phone at 360-435-1631.