We will be sorting and repacking food at the Harvesters warehouse. Closed toed shoes and long pants are required. Children 8 years of age and older are welcome to participate.
The Volunteer Engagement Center is a vital part of Harvesters’ mission to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. In this area, volunteers sort and repack food, which assists Harvesters in feeding more than 141,500 people each month. Volunteer tasks are assigned based on product availability and project prioritization.
Sorting and boxing nonperishable food
Packing fresh produce
Sorting and boxing bread
Repacking ready-to-eat food and bulk products
May include refrigerated or meat products
Harvesters is committed to creating and sustaining a safe environment for its staff, volunteers, and visitors regarding necessary precautions surrounding COVID-19. That said, we rely on Jackson county’s reported level of transmission when declaring times that those within our facilities must wear a mask to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please be aware that this level of transmission is fluid; therefore, the masking policy at Harvesters will be as well.
The following are important things you need to know about volunteering in our warehouse:
To be prepared no matter what the level of community transmission, we encourage all volunteers and visitors to be prepared to wear a mask when coming to our facility to volunteer.
All volunteers must be free of any contagious illness (runny nose, colds, the flu, strep throat, etc.)
Volunteers must be 8 years or older
Volunteers ages 8-15 must have an adult chaperone
Groups must meet the following ratios:
8-11 year olds: one adult per five youth
12-15 year olds: one adult per 10 youth
Close toed shoes and long pants (no shorts, skirts or dresses) are required.
Volunteers without close toe shoes will not be able to serve in the Volunteer Engagement Center
Harvesters no longer provides Crocs
Dressing in layers and bringing a jacket is recommended, even during the summer.
Please leave all valuable jewelry at home. This includes rings which may come off in the packing process.
Parking is limited so please carpool. Visitor parking is available in front of the building and in an overflow lot across the street. If spots fill, please limit street parking to the east side (closest to the building). Please enter through the Volunteer Entrance (under the red awning).
We encourage volunteers to bring donations with them when they volunteer or to donate to our virtual food drive by following this link: http://www.harvesters.org/PlanAFundraiser
. Every $1 donated to Harvesters helps provide 3 meals. September is Hunger Action Month. We are encouraging volunteers to bring non-perishable orange items, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and oranges.