Volunteering at Food for Free
When they are not providing quality support to our amazing client partners, many of the staff at ROI Solutions are participating in local volunteer projects. This month, we sat down with Ryan Doyon (ROI Solutions very own internal DJ) to discuss his time volunteering with Food for Free.
Could you tell us a little bit about Food for Free?
Sure, Food for Free is a nonprofit organization near my home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their mission is to provide consistent access to fresh, healthy, delicious food for members of the community. They believe that that access to healthy food is a fundamental right, and work with a variety of programs to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to those in need.
How long have you been volunteering at the organization?
My partner actually found the organization in fall of 2020 when she was looking for volunteer opportunities, and participated in their Thanksgiving food distribution drive. I joined shortly thereafter for the December Holiday drive in 2020. We try to volunteer there on the weekends at least 2-3 times per month.
What does a normal shift look like volunteering at Food for Free?
The day starts at the Food for Free warehouse with dozens of empty boxes divided into a few different categories based on dietary restrictions. They are lined up in front of a big whiteboard with a list of all the groceries that will be deposited in each box. Each volunteer checks off a single item from the list on the whiteboard (lets say canned corn), then grabs a cart, fills it up with cans of corn, and proceeds to drop one individual can in each box. Once all the items on the whiteboard have been distributed, the volunteers load the boxes up on pallets and take them outside for delivery. Close to the end of a shift, volunteer drivers arrive in the parking lot to take the boxes to community members.
What is your favorite part of your work there?
The community is wonderful, the volunteers and staff who work there are all very friendly and it is nice to be able to do something small that makes a difference.
If you would like to learn more about the organization, or to make a donation, please visit their website, here.