The Fresh Food Delivery Program collects surplus perishable food – vegetables, fruit, whole wheat bread items, meats, dairy products and healthy prepared foods – from restaurants, grocers, caterers and markets, and delivers them to over 40 social service agencies and fresh food stands throughout the city of Kingston. All of this beautiful food passes both Loving Spoonful’s Healthy Food Guidelines and, as the Guidelines report, our own constant test: We only deliver it if it is fresh enough to feed our own families. To date, Loving Spoonful has collected and delivered over $1.6 million of fresh food since our founding in 2008!
The Fresh Food Delivery Program is one of several programs that directly support Loving Spoonful’s goals of enhancing access to healthy food for all; engaging diverse sectors of the community; and delivering innovative and impactful programming.
Purpose of Position – Your impact
As the backbone of the Fresh Food Delivery program, Loving Spoonful’s conscientious Fresh Food Delivery Drivers salvage fresh healthy food and make it possible for those who live in poverty or who are struggling in Kingston to have access to fresh food, every day.
Qualifications/Resources – What you’ll need
- If you are delivering food by car, you will need a valid driver’s license and regular or occasional access to a vehicle.
- If you are delivering food by bike, you will need access to a bicycle, a helmet, a large bike trailer, and a backpack/ pannier/ basket for transporting food.
- This position requires some light physical labour and occasional heavy lifting, but many donors and agencies are willing to assist with lifting.
- An ability to work independently. Although you will be working without supervision, you will be able to discuss any concerns with Loving Spoonful staff.
- Access to a computer to view and sign up for shifts, and to submit reports. (Accommodation provided, if needed.)
Duties and Responsibilities
Fresh Food Delivery drivers are responsible for picking up donated surplus food from restaurants, grocers, caterers, and farmers’ markets and delivering it to local shelters and meal programs.
Time Commitment and Locations
- Regular weekly routes are mapped out throughout the City of Kingston and in Amherstview.
- One-time routes are also available.
- Routes generally take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
Support – What we’ll provide
You will receive:
- Training, in-person or by phone, before your first shift
- An online account with Food Rescue Robot to view and sign up for shifts, and to provide feedback
- A Loving Spoonful removable window decal, and a scale
- A cooler/ice packs/thermometer for rescuing meat/dairy, if required
- Support: You are always welcome and encouraged to share your successes, discuss any concerns, or provide feedback with any Loving Spoonful staff that you are working with while volunteering, and/or the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
Benefits – What you’ll gain
- Interaction with the community
- Having a direct impact on reducing waste and feeding those in need
- Reference letter supplied for successful volunteer experience