Newport Food Pantry next to First Presbyterian Church on 12th.
The first-ever Newport Food Pantry is reaching out to the Newport area community in an effort to recruit volunteers to help run their new facility. It was recently constructed next to the First Presbyterian Church on 12th Street in Newport. The Newport Food Pantry is a partner with Food Share of Lincoln County which collects the food for distribution throughout Lincoln County. If you would consider becoming a volunteer for the Newport Food Pantry please look over the various job descriptions listed below:
Pantry Concierge: This person works near the door during pantry hours, greeting and counting people as they come into our building; assisting people at the bread counter, answering questions, and generally being helpful and friendly to visitors.
Front Desk: A direct contact person with the clients of Newport Food Pantry, this person gathers and verifies client eligibility information as well as assisting with choices for the “specials du jour” that are available thanks to the generosity of our faithful givers.
Personal Shopper: This volunteer walks through the pantry with the client assisting with food choices and giving any necessary information about ingredients and food preparation. This is also the person who weighs the items after shopping is finished so that we can record statistics required by the Oregon Food Bank.
Grocer: This is the person who assists with packing the chosen “specials du jour” that may consist of fresh produce, meat, and frozen selections.
Transport Specialist: Food pantry drivers pick up bread and pastries at Safeway and Fred Meyer stores several times per week. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicle and must have a current Oregon Driver’s License and insurance.
Gardeners: “The Plant A Row Garden” volunteers grow all kinds of vegetables and herbs for distribution to clients. The volunteers work mostly during the spring and summer—about May through October—doing all sorts of planting, weeding and harvesting. Since the garden is an open area, this is one of the most flexible positions because you can work any time you are available.
Committee Members: The Newport Food Pantry Board of Directors are all volunteers. If you are interested in participating as a member of a board committee, we would love to have your time and talent. Our current committees include fund raising, building maintenance, grant writing, warehouse/distribution, and garden maintenance.
Those who would like more information should call 541-270-0842, or by e-mail at: Info@NewportFoodPantry.org