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. Foods are donated regularly from the Little Potato Company and COBS Bread Crestwood, with occasional donors including the Lady Flower Gardens, Organic Box, Crust Craft Breads, the ENRICH Project a the University of Alberta, Prairie Urban Farms and individual community members.
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 include free tickets to select alumni events, volunteer socials and professional development opportunities
- 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
- 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.
- Currently, there are four weekly scheduled pick-ups: Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. (delivering goods from Organic Box at 5712 59 St. NW to the Edmonton Intercultural Centre), Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (delivering goods from COBS Bread at 11956 104 Ave NW to the Edmonton Intercultural Centre), Thursdays at 9 a.m. (delivering the Little Potato Company potatoes from 11749 180 St. to the Edmonton Intercultural Centre), and Thursdays at 9 a.m. (delivering goods from Planet Organic at 7915 104 St. NW to the Edmonton Intercultural Centre).
- We also need flex drivers who are able to pick-up and deliver the food provided by our occasional donors on an as needed basis. These pick-up and deliveries vary on date and time, but will most likely occur during business hours. Flex drivers will be notified of pick-ups as they come up with the hope that at least one volunteer is available to complete it.
- Volunteers will need to attend an orientation prior to starting
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