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How to Help: Facing Hunger Food Bank


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For teens, figuring out how to stay busy during the summer can be a challenge. Some teens may be too young to get a job, but too old to go to summer camp. And for those who are old enough for a job, transportation might be difficult. On top of that, finding a job for only two or three months can be tricky. 

So, what’s a good way to stay busy during the summer that parents will approve of and teens will enjoy? Volunteering at Facing Hunger Food Bank is a fantastic option. It will expose teens to some potential careers they might not have thought about, it’ll look amazing on their resume and volunteering will make them feel good too. 

There are tons of cool (even by teen standards) ways to get involved at the food bank during the summer. Check out a couple of options below!

1. Volunteer At a Meal Program for Kids
Volunteers at summer meals sites often hang out with younger kids and help serve breakfast or lunch. And here’s a plus: lots of summer meal sites are outside, so teens won’t be missing out on the sunshine – and might be more open to trying it out because of that.

2. Help out at Facing Hunger Food Bank
There’s a lot to do at the food bank. The most common volunteer activity is boxing food for the summer feeding program and the senior program. But, we also need help from teens once or twice a week boxing food for the mobile drive-thru food distributions. Every Thursday is a mobile food giveaway at various locations throughout the tri-state area.This is a great way to help out if you’re nervous about volunteering 
for the first time.

3.Start a Summer Food Drive
Facing Hunger Food Bank always needs quality, shelf-stable food, but during the summer, people don’t really think about doing food drives. Encourage your teen to do a summer-long food drive and collect food from each friend (or ask everyone to donate online) every time they have a sleepover or get-together. They can share their progress on social media and encourage others to do the same. Then at the end of the summer, teens can donate the food to Facing Hunger Food Bank 

Ready to get started? Contact Facing Hunger Food Bank and ask which volunteer opportunities they recommend for teens. They’ll be able to give you all the information you need to get your teen volunteering and staying busy this summer in no time!

Contact: Belinda Chapman at 304-523-6029 ext. 28 or
Available Shifts: 
Monday- Thursday
9am-12pm or 1pm-3pm

Contact Information

Facing Hunger Food Bank, bchapman@facinghunger.org