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Merciful HELP Center CHOICE Food Pantry


Coronavirus update - During this unsettling time, the Food Pantry will take every precaution necessary to keep their volunteers and their clients healthy and safe. We do ask that you do NOT volunteer if you show any signs at all of being sick- sneezing, sniffles, coughing, temperature, etc. We insist that you do NOT come into the pantry.  We can NOT take any chances of infecting our fellow volunteers.  Also, we have restricted our STOCKER VOLUNTEERS to be 18 years and older. Thank you for your understanding.  PLEASE, NO WALK- IN Volunteers at this time.

WELCOME to the Merciful HELP Center CHOICE Food Pantry VOLUNTEER Sign-Up. This Sign Up is for both ADULTS & STUDENTS wishing to volunteer in the FOOD PANTRY. To be a SHOPPER VOLUNTEER in the Food Pantry you must be an ADULT, over 18 yrs of age, have completed the SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING, required by the Diocese of Lafayette, and attended a Food Pantry Training Session. Our scheduled Food Pantry Trainings for 2022 are on the following Mondays: Jan 10, Mar 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, & Dec 12, at 6:30 pm, in the Food Pantry.   Please visit our 'VOLUNTEER TRAINING SIGN UP', on line to sign up for the training in advance. If you can not attend one of these meetings, but would like to volunteer, please contact us and we will schedule a different training time.  The SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING, INCLUDING BACKGROUND CHECK, can be done ON-LINE, by going to:  Please complete the Safe Environment training prior to attending a Food Pantry training.

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - 'Sign-Up Genius' is also the on-line sign-up method used for our STUDENT VOLUNTEERS.  We like to have 4-6 STUDENT VOLUNTEERS each time the Food Pantry is open.  ALL STUDENTS MUST sign up in order to volunteer.  We ask they sign themselves up using their e-mail address so they receive the automatic reminder and the communications from the Food Pantry. 

We have added STOCKING to our Food Pantry volunteer calendar.  We have slots available on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  There is NO training necessary in order to sign up to STOCK in the Food Pantry, but you must be 18 years or older and have completed the SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING.  

Thank you so much.  Rie & Terry

Created by:   Rie Sylvester
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