Our Partners in Need program is for low-income individuals who choose to volunteer one three-hour shift a week and receive food. Members are provided with alternative food assistance programs as well as information about Food Stamps.
Each month, an average of 1,003 households received food through this program in fiscal year 2010. The average age of individuals for this program is 44, with 39% of households having children.
The majority of our Partners in Need volunteers help sort food in the warehouse. However, many participants are physically challenged, so they help by bundling donated newspapers. These newspapers are sold to florists for wrapping flowers and represents a modest annual income for the Food Bank.
The Partners in Need program offers low-income volunteers an opportunity to contribute and give back. We often hear "I need a hand up, not a hand out" as a reason behind their choice to participate in this program. Many of them come several times a week because volunteering at the Food Bank provides an opportunity to socialize and feel good about helping others.