Richmond Emergency Food Pantry calls for volunteers

Change coming to bi-monthly food distribution at Richmond Civic Center
Photo credit: Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Emergency Food Pantry—a volunteer-powered nonprofit which distributes more than 32,000 pounds of food to more than 800 households and 1,000 children monthly—is seeking early risers to volunteer a few mornings per month to assist its efforts.

While the Food Pantry always welcomes volunteers, there is a “critical need for volunteers to help unload the supply truck from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties” at this time, per the organization in a statement. 

With the truck delivering food on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6 a.m., volunteers are asked to arrive at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for the delivery. Volunteers help remove food cartons that are approximately 20 lbs. each from pallets and place them in storage in the Food Pantry, per the organization. The process typically takes about 1.5 hours.

The volunteer commitment is flexible, per the Food Pantry—Tuesday and/or Friday, one or more times per month. Those interested in volunteering can contact the Food Pantry at 510-235-9732 or by clicking here.

According to the organization, the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry work force consists of 100 percent unpaid volunteers, from the distribution staff to the board to accounting and computer support. The nonprofit is located at 2369 Barrett Ave. in Richmond.