JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort

The 2019 JFS Community-Wide Food Drive begins September 29 with announcements at Rosh Hashanah and culminates with the Food Sort on October 20. But it’s never too early to get started and get organized!

JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort

The 2019 JFS Community-Wide Food Drive begins September 29 with announcements at Rosh Hashanah and culminates with the food sort on October 30. But it’s never too early to get started and get organized!

Food Drive September 29 – October 20

The Food Drive is our community’s opportunity to come together to collect and donate non-perishable food and toiletries for the Polack Food Bank and its clients.Two bags of groceries can mean up to 10 meals a month. Last year, together we collected more than 2,000 bags of food to provide over 10,000 meals to clients! Our goal is to collect even more this year!

Start a food collection for your school, organization or company today!

Thank you to all of our partners who have signed up to participate. If you would like to start a food collection at your school, organization or company, please contact Volunteer Services for more information at volunteer@jfsseattle.org.

Volunteer at the Food Sort – October 20

The Food Sort is an excellent opportunity for individuals, families, and groups to help the Polack Food Bank sort and organize thousands of pounds of donations from the Food Drive. It’s a one-day event on Sunday, October 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Here’s What to
Collect or Buy

  • Low-sodium canned goods
  • Grains and pastas
  • Proteins (tuna and peanut butter)
  • Toiletries (including baby and adult diapers)

Please Do Not Collect
or Donate Any of the Following:

  • Food in glass containers
  • Opened packages
  • Expired food

Other Ways to Get Involved

  • Coat Collection

    Collect new warm, waterproof or water-resistant, winter coats. We need children’s, women’s and men’s. Small and medium are the most needed sizes, but we can use a few large, too.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Event Support

    Assist with setting up or day-of tasks for events.

    Setup Assistance
    Typically, on Fridays before an event, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Day-Of Assistance
    Duties include event support, leading various stations, assisting staff, general set-up and clean up. Some heavy lifting may be involved.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Food Bank Home Delivery

    Volunteers will prepare, load and deliver needed items to homebound individuals and families on a designated route. A personal vehicle is required for this position.

    This is a great opportunity for families!

    Shifts:

    • Monday to Friday, except during open Food Bank hours:
      • Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – noon
      • Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
      • Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – noon.
    • Second and fourth Sundays of each month.

     
    Responsibilities:

    • Pick up deliveries in the Polack Food Bank at the Capitol Hill Campus.
    • Give the individual/family or their JFS caseworker at least two days’ notice before a delivery.
    • Deliver at your convenience, except during Jewish holidays.
    • Complete necessary paperwork.
    • Follow contractual agreement and outlined procedures. 

     
    Requirements:

    • Age 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • Current Washington State driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
    • Able to lift 25 pounds.
    • Set and politely convey appropriate boundaries.

     

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Glove & Sock Collection

    Warm gloves and socks are in high demand during the cold and rainy season in Seattle. Help keep community members warm with these small, but meaningful items. Adult sizes needed.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Grocery Bag Collection

    The Polack Food Bank needs paper grocery bags with two sturdy handles. People visiting the Food Bank use these bags to carry their items home, and JFS staff use them to deliver food to homebound individuals.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

Volunteer Events

JFS Community-Wide Food Sort
October 20 at 10:30 am

Exploring Dignity
October 28 at 12:00 pm

Exploring Dignity
November 18 at 12:00 am

Exploring Dignity
December 9 at 12:00 am

Chanukah Basket Making & Delivery
December 15 at 10:00 am

Purim Basket Making & Delivery
March 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

Passover Basket Making & Delivery
March 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

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