Some businesses across Acadiana are slowly starting to reopen under phase one, like movie theaters and shopping malls. But if those aren't quite your thing and you're looking for something fulfilling, how about volunteering?
Second Harvest Food Bank in Lafayette is in need of volunteers as they begin to receive more shipments of perishable food items through a federal program. Those items need to be distributed as soon as possible.
If you'd like to volunteer, you can do so individually or in a group.
Those interested can apply through Second Harvest's website no-hunger.org/volunteer. You can also call the food bank during business hours at 337-237-7711.
Community Outreach Coordinator Brittany Bowie says volunteers are an important part of the process of getting food out to the communities they serve. Bowie said right now, Second Harvest is receiving weekly shipments of sweet potatoes from local farmers - between 11,000 and 12,000 pounds every week - that need to be distributed quickly.
"I am asking for volunteers that are available to come here and participate with us Tuesday through Friday. We have opportunities in the morning and in the afternoon," explains Bowie.
And Bowie adds that she realizes some may be hesitant to volunteer at a food bank during COVID-19. But rest assured, the food bank is taking extra safety precautions. Organizers have limited volunteer shifts to 10 people per shift, following social distancing guidelines, and have masks and gloves available for everyone. Despite the few extra safety measures, Bowie said Second Harvest wants to see the community join in.
"We really want to see some faces, and we appreciate all of the participation."
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