LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Stamp Out Hunger Food drive brought in more food to Food Finders Food Bank than volunteers could handle. The food bank is now in need of extra volunteers.
“We really need volunteers to sort food,” said Food Finders Food Bank Executive Director Katy Bunder. “A lot of times we don’t have this kind of food that needs to be sorted, but right now we do and we’re experiencing a lag of people volunteering to help us.”
Bunder said the volunteers need to sort the food, so it can be sent out to those in need.
Assistant Marketing Director Amy Gaulke said people may think the holiday season is the most important time of the year for them, but it’s actually the summer.
“As the summer months approach, students are getting out of school. They no longer have the free and reduced lunch program available at their schools,” Gaulke said. “So, families are in need of more and more meals to supplement what their children aren’t getting through the school lunch program.”
The volunteers’ shifts are three hours long throughout the work week. Bunder said a little help goes a long way.
“We have all kinds of shifts. So, they can come in in the morning. They can come in in the afternoon. If we have a big group, we can even make arrangements to come in, in an evening or on the weekend,” said Bunder.
“They actually get to see everything that our community generously donates,” said Gaulke. “It’s phenomenal. They get to impact the community directly.”
Gaulke said the volunteers are all smiles when they come to help at the food bank. She said anyone interested in helping is welcome.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator by phone at 765-471-0062 or go online to the Food Finders website.