Calling All Volunteers — February - Capital Area Food Bank
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Calling All Volunteers — February

By Matt Crawford February 6, 2013

This monthly blog post allows community members to review new upcoming volunteer opportunities and take action by signing up to volunteer.

NOVA Kids Cafe Administrative Organizer

The Capital Area Food Bank’s Northern Virginia Food Distribution Center is looking for a Kids Cafe Administrative Organizer to provide volunteer administrative support. This volunteer will assist by maintaining contact with sites to allow us to better understand the impact of our work at Kids Cafe sites. Kids Cafe partners with existing community sites to provide well-balanced hearty snacks or dinners for more than 2,000 children. In NOVA, Kids Cafe has 30 locations in recreation centers, schools and community centers. If you’re interested in helping serve hungry children in NOVA through Kids Cafe, please click here to learn more and sign-up.

NOVA Cooking Matters, Class Assistants and Instructors

Cooking Matters is a national six-week, hands-on nutrition and cooking educational series developed by Share Our Strength. It is offered through the CAFB to limited resource participants around the Washington metro area. As a Cooking Matters Volunteer for the NOVA branch of the CAFB, you will have the opportunity to work with a passionate team of volunteers to engage and encourage participants to choose healthier foods for a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about these Cooking Matters positions in NOVA, please visit the Nutrition Instructor, Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant volunteer pages.

Food Promotions Volunteers

The Partner Relations Department works with over 700 partner agencies that serve individuals struggling with hunger throughout the region. Starting in the month of February, the Partner Relations Department seeks volunteers for its Food Demonstration and Marketing Volunteer Team. Food Promotions Volunteers will prepare and hand out food samples to partners, engage partners to promote slow moving or unfamiliar food products, assist staff in creating informational flyers that can be given out with samples and research recipes for food products that may be unfamiliar to partners. If you’re interested in helping our partners find appropriate food for their recipients, please click here to learn more and sign-up.

Food Referral Assistants

The Partner Relations Department needs volunteers who are interested in taking calls from the food bank’s Hunger Lifeline. This line provides food referrals to community members in need of food by placing them in contact with food bank partners in their area who can help. If you’re interested in helping connect clients with partners that can help, please click here to learn more and sign-up.

Shopping Matters Facilitators

The Kids Cafe Program is looking for volunteers to help support our Kids Cafe sites by offering them the Shopping Matters program to teach parents about nutrition, reading food labels, pricing food and other healthy shopping tips. If you are passionate about helping others make healthy and affordable shopping decisions, please click here to learn more and sign-up.

Food for Kids Volunteer Leaders

The Food for Kids Department provides up to 2,800 weekend bags for kids who would otherwise have little to no food to get them through the weekend. Food for Kids Volunteer Leaders are needed to help lead volunteers in packing food for these weekend bags on Saturdays throughout the year. If you are interested in helping out, please email Matt Crawford at to learn more and sign-up.

Volunteer Leader Training

February 27
Volunteer Leaders are essential to the success of the Capital Area Food Bank’s Volunteer Programs Department. They represent the food bank at various events and volunteer opportunities throughout the region to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that volunteers have a positive experience. If you’re interested in leading other volunteers and are passionate about hunger issues, then please email Michael McRae at to learn more and sign-up.
As always, volunteers are needed every day of the week at various locations that aren’t listed on this blog post. Please visit our calendar of ongoing volunteer opportunities and sign-up for a project that fits your interests and schedule.