TABLE depends on up to 145 volunteers each week to participate in our on-site volunteer shifts. The volunteers at these shifts help us sort, package, and deliver bags of food through our Weekend Meal Backpack Program and preparing fresh food, delivering snacks, and mentoring kids through our SnackChef Program.
- Sorting – Volunteers check for expiration dates, dented or damaged packaging, and then organize food by type.
- Bagging – Volunteers are assigned a specific job to fill bags with non-perishable and fresh food.
- Delivering – Volunteers meet at TABLE to load up their own vehicles with bins of food to deliver directly to our partner sites. Thursday morning shifts deliver to local schools; Thursday afternoon shifts deliver to afterschool centers or door-to-door. Once food is delivered, volunteers return the bins to TABLE.
- Prepare snack materials through SnackChef. Each week, TABLE creates something different and preparation may include chopping fruits and vegetables, counting and sorting food items into bags or placing recipes into bags.
- Assemble snacks and teach kids nutrition lessons through SnackChef. In this role, volunteers help gather snack and lesson materials for a group of children at a local after school program. Then, volunteers go to after school programs to help mentor kids in eating healthy. Volunteers must be 15 or older and able to commit to volunteering weekly.
TABLE has multiple volunteer shifts every week through both our SnackChef and Weekend Meal Backpack Programs which are led by volunteer Team Leaders. We greatly depend on them! Leaders are responsible for arriving early for the shift to set up and to greet incoming volunteers, sharing with volunteers about what we do at TABLE and training them on the day’s tasks, directing the shift, ensuring all tasks are completed, cleaning up at the end, and staying until the last volunteer is gone. SnackChef leaders also are responsible for teaching a lesson and leading an activity with kids at afterschool centers (lesson plan is provided for you).
Most, though not all, Team Leaders are UNC students (sophomores and older) with prior volunteer experience at TABLE. This is a semester-long weekly commitment. Having a car is beneficial to a SnackChef leadership position, but not required. Leaders should be highly responsible, punctual, and comfortable speaking in front of a group. We provide training and background checks for all new leaders.
If you are interested in committing to one of these positions, gaining valuable leadership experience, and supporting TABLE in our mission to feed local kids, please review, complete, and submit our application. For spring leadership opportunities, reach out to us in November; for summer, reach out to us in March/April; and for fall, reach out to us between May-early August.
Review our Volunteer Handbook to learn more about on-site volunteering and our policies. Below are a couple of our commonly requested policies: