In 2009, President Barack Obama and Congress joined together to pass bi-partisan national service legislation which transformed September 11th into a day of service. From this legislation came September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, a recognized day of service for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that improves communities through the use of AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs. This year, our AmeriCorps VISTA members volunteered at the Community Human Services Food Pantry in Oakland in honor of September 11th.
The Oakland Food Pantry was founded in 2009 in response to an increase in food insecurity amongst Community Human Service? (CHS) clients and neighbors. The pantry’s mission is to provide each client the choice in determining what they feel meets their needs best. Due to the large quantities of fresh local produce, the pantry is able to provide clients with healthy food choices. On average, the pantry serves 650 families per month which equates to around 2,500 individuals. A family of three receives approximately $92 worth of groceries from the pantry each month, easing financial stress significantly.
Volunteers are critical to the functioning of the Oakland Food Pantry and providing excellent client experiences. Shifts at the pantry range from sorting and distributing food items, assisting clients with paperwork and teaching and educating client’s on healthy ways to prepare the foods they are receiving.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Oakland Food Pantry visit http://www.chscorp.org/service-area/food-pantry or contact Annie Fiffick, Food Pantry Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org