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The Our Food Future (foodfuture.ca) project is working toward a circular food economy in Guelph-Wellington. One of its goals is a 50% increase in access to affordable, nutritious food by 2025. To inform how we can reach this goal, the Nutritious Food Workstream of Our Food Future is currently collecting information to understand the local food environment and how it shapes what we buy and eat.
• Complete 4-6 audits of grocery and/or convenience stores in Guelph-Wellington
• Communicate with the Nutritious Food Workstream Research and Planning Associate to schedule audits
• Pick up and drop off audit sheet at the Guelph CHC front desk
• Attend training session and log volunteer hours
• Have fun!
• Basic nutrition knowledge and food purchasing skills
• Previous experience shopping for food in a grocery store
• Reading, writing, and numeracy
• Self-motivated and able to work independently
• Attention to detail
• Positive attitude and reliable
*** Special note: This role can be done in teams of 2.
The SEED is a not-for-profit food project at the Guelph Community Health Centre that was
created by a coalition to work towards a community with no barriers to healthy food. The SEED delivers programs and operates a social enterprise that address the causes and effects of food security.
Groceries from the SEED is a pay-what-you-can online grocery store with a purpose! When you shop at Groceries from the SEED you help people in your community afford good food. It takes a community to feed a community. Find more information and link to sign up here https://theseedguelph.ca/sign-up/
Delivery Crew Volunteers are critical to the success of this program. Delivery Crew Volunteers pick up Groceries from the SEED baskets at the packing warehouse and delivery them to community members homes. Volunteers are required to drop groceries off at the door and do not enter homes.
Use of personal vehicle and cell phone are required for this role. Mileage compensation of use of personal vehicle is $6 per delivery route (6-10 stops) and paid quarterly. Self-scheduling with online spreadsheet is required.
IMPORTANT Information: This role can be done in pairs with people from the same household OR willingness to ride along with another driver in The SEED's cargo van.
*** Note: Due to the high number of applications and limited spaces open, we are not able to place everyone that applies. While we appreciate everyone who shows interest and applies, volunteers are offered roles based on best fit.
Volunteer drivers are needed for clients in Guelph and Wellington County.
- Go through Food Market to see what items are running low on stock
- With supervision, bring up additional food items from basement
- Stock Shelves & move shelved product to the front of shelves
- Bag toilet paper
- Fill produce baskets with produce bags to make them ready for restocking
- Bag rice or dry beans
- Sort eggs in the walk-in cooler and put into empty half containers to put in Food Market for selection
- Break down boxes
- Do community members' shopping
- Pack perishables and non-perishables for deliveries
- Maintain tidy and organized work space
- Assist with taking grocery orders as needed - language skills an asset
- Follow health & safety protocols
- Other duties as required
- Maintain Food Safety
- Package breakfasts
- Set table up outside to serve packaged brown paper bag breakfasts
- Keep track of numbers of breakfasts made & served
- Serve breakfast with a smile!
- Follow COVID safety protocols (must wear a mask & visor, wash hands sanitize frequently)
- Clean up at end of service
- Deliver groceries according to procedural instructions
- Return to HOPE House with crates and any un-delivered groceries
- Communicate with Volunteer & Placement Coordinator
- Maintain good vehicle maintenance and cleanliness
- Track Volunteer hours and uphold Volunteer duties
Become trained to offer support and lead group sessions providing feeding & parenting support to other parents. Keep logs of supporting, track hours, remain in good communication with the program coordinator.
Volunteers in this role are required to have had breastfeed or chestfeeding experience. Please consider joining this program as an administrative support or in a health promotion role if you do not have breast or chest feeding experience.
Guelph CHC acknowledges the importance of Peer-led work and offers 20 hours of training for this position but also ask for a minimum 6 month commitment.
One of our strategic aims to build capacity in our community. Volunteers in this role must have a connection to Guelph.
Duties would include sorting, folding, and hanging clothing.
General tidying of the clothing room.