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Requirements:
Also required for this position: None.
Languages Needed:

French an asset but not required.

  • Flexible in schedule
  • Good for families
  • Good for groups
  • Good for youth
  • Accessible by public transit
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COVID-19 Support

Food Bank Deliveries in Edmonton: COVID-19 Response

8930 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T6C 0Z3 [map]
4 hours / weekly
N/A.
Since 2011, Canadian Volunteers United in Action Society (CANAVUA) has partnered with Edmonton's Food Bank to run Edmonton's only French-speaking food bank depot, located in the city's Bonnie Doon neighbourhood. In May of 2020, we began delivering food bank hampers every Wednesday to our clients' homes to allow for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative has been an overwhelming success; nevertheless, we are always looking to welcome new volunteers to our team!

Our food bank delivery program is important for two reasons. Firstly, it would be unsafe to have many families gather at once at our depot. Just as crucially, more Edmontonians need food bank services than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated the worst economic depression in modern history, and with unemployment figures mounting weekly, growing numbers of families are struggling to make ends meet. Food bank deliveries help in part to relieve the burden of procuring fresh, healthy groceries and ensure that people in our city can access food safely during a worsening pandemic.

Volunteers work in a well-ventilated, open-air environment, wear masks and observe social distancing measures. Our clients are very grateful for their work.

The team meets every Wednesday morning at 11:45 at our community food truck. The location varies week to week.

Volunteers will find families' hampers, load them into their cars and then split up in teams to make delivery runs (all of which are within Edmonton's city limits). Volunteers usually travel in teams of 2-3. If you don't drive, you're still welcome to come help - you can simply accompany a volunteer driver. You will be given a list of clients' names, addresses and phone numbers. Volunteers typically phone families before arriving, ring their doorbells and leave the hampers at their front doors.

We've found that some clients - especially seniors - aren't getting as many opportunities to socialize with others during the pandemic. Greeting our volunteers has become a great way for them to overcome feelings of isolation.

Additionally, food bank services are important for newcomers to Canada. Often, after paying their monthly rent, newcomers (especially refugees) don't have enough money for all their grocery expenses. Food bank volunteers thus play an important role in facilitating newcomer integration. Additionally, many of our volunteers are themselves newcomers to Canada. Volunteering is a great way for newcomers to learn new skills, build their professional networks, gain employment experience, get job references, make new friends and contribute to their communities.

Please find below some links showing photos and videos of our volunteers in action to get a better idea of what you'd do as a volunteer. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

https://canavua.blogspot.com/2020/05/food-bank-deliveries-and-canavuas-covid.html

https://twitter.com/CANAVUAEdmonton/status/1296595079549788161

https://twitter.com/CANAVUAEdmonton/status/1298816542495236098

https://twitter.com/CANAVUAEdmonton/status/1299580616934002688/photo/1

https://twitter.com/CANAVUAEdmonton/status/1288577466345205760

You may notice that our volunteers wear yellow t-shirts while making deliveries. This makes them easily recognizable in the community! We'll be sure to bring you a yellow t-shirt on your first day.

Our staff (and many of our volunteers) speak English perfectly. Volunteering with us would also be a great way for you to practice and improve your French (n'est-ce pas ?).

By coordinating our efforts, motivated by solidarity, we can make a difference and overcome challenges relating to food insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic in Edmonton together. Our volunteers are at the forefront of our community's COVID-19 response. We welcome you to join us!

Thank you for your interest in making food bank deliveries as a CANAVUA volunteer. We're excited to welcome you to our team. All you have to do is click the button above (on desktop browsers) or below (on mobile browsers) to apply! :-)

Hope to hear from you soon!


-The CANAVUA team
Additional Details & Skills Required
Volunteers don't have to stay the whole time on Wednesdays, nor volunteer every week. We are always happy to accommodate your availability. We also offer many other volunteering opportunities in both English and French in the Greater Edmonton Area.
Certification or Education Required
A Class 5 driver's licence (G.D.L. or otherwise) or higher is an asset but not required. Volunteers who don't drive may accompany volunteer drivers and help them to load and unload hampers.
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
We invite new volunteers to sign up to our volunteer mailing list and database at www.canavua.org/inscription.
Requirements:
Also required for this position: None.
Languages Needed:

French an asset but not required.

  • Flexible in schedule
  • Good for families
  • Good for groups
  • Good for youth
  • Accessible by public transit