Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Grocery Run Drivers


This volunteer opportunity is organized through our campus and community partners: the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth and Families (CUP) and the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative (MCHB).

Did you know some children in the City of Edmonton do not eat for a whole day because their families do not have enough money to buy food? U of A research found:

  • 94% of migrant women are food insecure (do not have enough food due to lack of money)
  • 53% of migrant women are severely food insecure (have disrupted eating and reduced food intake)
  • 85% of migrant families do not have enough money to eat balanced meals (living off food bank staples such as pasta and sauce)
  • 39% of migrant women cut meal sizes or skip meals (go without so their family can eat)
  • 31% of migrant women report that their children were “not eating for a whole day because there wasn’t enough money for food”

Through a partnership between the University of Alberta's ENRICH Research Program and the MCHB, the Grocery Run Program connects immigrant and refugee women with rescued, healthy food every week.  Volunteers are needed to act as Grocery Run Drivers. They ensure that pick-ups from donors are made on time and delivered to the Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 107 Ave) where they can be given to families in need.

Benefits for you:

  • Have a tangible impact on the Edmonton immigrant and refugee community
  • Gain experience and knowledge in food security programs within Edmonton
  • Gain experience in food safety and handling
  • Access to our volunteer perks, which includes our new Bookstore Bucks reward program, fun giveaways, free tickets to select alumni events, volunteer socials and more

Skills/Experience:

  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Must have your own vehicle (larger vehicles such as vans, SUVs or trucks are preferred)
  • Your vehicle must have proper insurance (we recommend you talk to your insurance agent/broker to declare the use of your vehicle for this volunteer purpose and the mileage involved and seek advice on the adequacy of your coverage)
  • Ability to carry small to medium sized boxes (15 to 30 lbs) is preferred
  • Ability to submit an up-to-date driver's abstract (costs will be reimbursed)
  • Interest in working with immigrant and refugee communities
  • Reliability and dependability is of the utmost importance

Key Responsibilities:

  • We are asking volunteers to commit to volunteering on a regular basis (this is not a one-time volunteer opportunity). You will not need to volunteer everyday, but should be willing to complete one grocery run on most weeks.
  • Volunteers will pick-up food from our donors and then deliver it to the Edmonton Intercultural Centre.  Shifts are generally 2 to 3 hours.
  • Volunteers will need to attend an orientation prior to starting and sign a waiver.

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Contact
Vanessa Welz
Volunteer Coordinator
Office of Alumni Relations
780-492-4382
alumni.volunteers@ualberta.ca

Morgan Allen
Community Resource Coordinator
Grocery Run Program
780-983-1994
mallen1@ualberta.ca