Emergency Food Network

900 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Our mission The mission of the Emergency Food Network is to provide food for three days of balanced meals, on the same day requested, to individuals and families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Emergency Food Network

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Ways to help

Driver

Pick up bags from our pantry on Angus Rd. and drive them over to our distribution site on Harris St. Noon–1:00, one day a month.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Bagger

Fill bags with the items from our shelves at the pantry. Usually a two-hour commitment any time that suits you on the one day a month for which you volunteer.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends

“Shelf elf“

help shelve the groceries after a big food drive.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Driver help

Transport food from a donation or purchase site to our pantry.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Occasional help

we’ll add your name to a list of people who may be able to help with these projects. We’ll send out an e-mail when we need help. You accept only if it suits your schedule.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Distribution

Finish filling the bags and give them out to the clients. Noon–4:00, one day a month.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Extras driver

Pack groceries in the pantry into cloth bags and transport them to the distribution center, where you put them on shelves. Anytime before noon, one Monday a month.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays

Shelver

Move cans and boxes from the cartons to the shelves at the pantry. One hour on Wednesday, twice a month.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekends

Office volunteer

Answer the phone and enter orders into the computer. 9:00–12:30, one morning a month.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
How you help For 46 years we’ve relied on volunteers to keep our operation running smoothly.
About us We receive no government funding; our operation depends exclusively on the generous support of individuals, schools, businesses, area churches, and civic groups. Our operating expenses are minimal, so approximately 93 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to program services. A well-organized group of dedicated and caring volunteers acquires the food, stocks the shelves, takes orders by phone, fills orders and delivers them to distribution sites. An average commitment of three hours per month is all that is needed from a volunteer to keep the Emergency Food Bank running-smoothly. A twenty-one member volunteer board of directors oversees the entire operation.
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