Allen Food Pantry

Board Member Opportunities

Board Meetings occure the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7PM in the Library at St. Jude Catholic Church - Please Join US!
A Message from the President: "We are currently looking for more joyful faces to join the Pantry Board. The Pantry Board promises to care for our neighbors with dignity while being custodians of the communities generous donations. Our monthly meetings (4th Tuesdays) are filled with smiles, ideas, love, business, compassion, and sharing with faithful friends. Though always mindful of our ministry obligations, I have been blessed at every meeting by the dedication of our members. The devotion and passion of all our volunteers always amazes and delights me. So, please let us know if you are interested in expanding your faith walk by joining the Pantry Board at joannejordan57@gmail.com"

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer at the food pantry which include filling orders for clients, dating and stocking food donations, buying food for the pantry, organizing a food drive and picking up food donations from local restaurants and grocery stores and delivering them to the pantry

What our Volunteers help us do

2nd Harvest

When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples,
"Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." John 6:12

Food Donation Connection provides an alternative to discarding surplus wholesome food by linking food service donors with surplus food to local hunger relief agencies such as our food pantry.

We need drivers and subs for drivers who have a truck or suv and at times some heavy lifting to go to various restaurants and grocery stores in our community to pickup donated food and bring it to the food pantry on a weekly bases.

Giving out Food to Clients

We need volunteers at the food pantry to commit one or two shifts per month during which they put together groceries for clients, interact with clients and stock shelves.

The hours for volunteering in this capacity are as follows:
Mondays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Thursdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Fridays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Organizing a Food Drive

WE ALWAYS NEED FOOD and during the summer months our shelves are almost always very bare :-(
But if you would like to organize a Food Drive please contact us at amafoodpantry@yahoo.com and we will give you the tools needed to help replenish our shelves!

Buyers

Buyers are responsible for keeping the pantry stocked by checking their designated shelves each week and purchasing the needed items then submitting the receipts for reimbursement.

Stocking

We need volunteers to simply come in and stock shelves. Stockers can come in any time the pantry is not open to clients. Monday during the day is a good time as we sometimes get lots of donations over a weekend.

Who can Volunteer?

We always welcome new volunteers to the food pantry however due to the size of our Food Pantry we ask that no more than 4 adult volunteers and no more than 3 teen volunteers work a shift at one time.

PARENT'S AND TEENS!
PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO GET SERVICE HOURS FOR RELIGIOUS OR ACADEMIC PURPOSES.
WE ONLY HAVE ENOUGH ROOM TO ACCOMODATE 3 TEENS PER SHIFT.
START IN THE FALL FOR SPRING DEADLINES!!

  • Anyone 18 years of age or older is considered an adult and must submit the proper paper work for clearance
  • If you are 16 or 17 and need service hours for academic or religious purposes you are welcome to stop by the pantry during normal business hours, it's important that you arrive early; for teen volunteers it is a first come first serve basis.
  • All teens who are seeking court ordered community service hours must be accompanied by a parent. Parent's please DO NOT drop your children off and leave! You as their parent must serve in the Food Pantry with them. We will not sign off on any court ordered documents if a child is left at the Food Pantry to serve by themselves.
  • Children between the ages of 12 and 16 must be chaperoned by a responsible adult. In order for your child to become a volunteer with the Food Pantry, we need your consent and involvement in helping them have a productive experience.
  • Families with children between the ages of 9-12 who are wishing to serve are encouraged to do so as a family and we encourage you to serve together. CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO READ AND WRITE.

First Steps

All ADULT volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Screening form and must attend a Safe Environment Class and renew their Safe Environment training each year.

Training for NEW VOLUNTEERS (18yrs and older) is held once a month on the 3rd Saturday at 11AM in the Food Pantry located behind St. Jude Catholic Church in the South/West parking lot area. To sign up/register for training you can sign up through SignUpGenius.com by clicking this link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ea4a92eab9-allen1 or by emailing us at amafoodpantry@yahoo.com When emailing please include the date you would like to register for. We ask that all children who attend the training must be 12 years of age or older and parents must attend with them.

Please bring with you the volunteer screening form below.

Safe Environment? And Why?

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of minors and vulnerable adults. Because the Allen Food Pantry is located on the property of St. Jude Catholic Church, it is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.
The Purpose is to:
*Provide a safe and secure environment for minors and vulnerable adults in the faith communities within our Diocese.
*Reduce the possibility of false accusations against clergy, employees and volunteers.
*Assist the Diocese in evaluating a person's suitability to work with minors or vulnerable adults.
*Satisfy the concerns of parents and staff members with a screening process.
*Provide a system to respond to the victims and their families, as well as the accused.
*Reduce the risk exposure of the parishes and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

Where and When are Safe Environment Classes held?

Classes are typically held monthly at various Catholic Churches throughout the Diocese of Dallas, click the following link to view the Dallas Diocese class schedule and location: Family of Faith Classes

For Safe Environment classes held at St. Jude Parish please check their monthly calendar by clicking the following link and look for Safe Environment Training dates. St Jude Monthly Calendar.

If you have any questions or concerns about training please email us at amafoodpantry@yahoo.com

Allen Food Pantry