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Harvesters in need of volunteers to help sort and package food

The food bank has seen a decrease in volunteering due to the pandemic
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Posted at 5:59 AM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 20:32:00-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Local food bank Harvesters is looking for volunteers to help feed people in the Kansas City area. This comes at a time when they are very busy due to many people needing food after being hit financially by COVID-19.

Before the pandemic, they used to rely on about 6,000 volunteers a month to help sort and package food. But, Harvesters has seen a decrease in people giving their time and they have also had to limit how many people are on each shift. 30 people can volunteer per shift.

Even though they limit the number that can volunteer, they still need your help!

Volunteer shifts are two hours long. You can do a variety of things. Everyone must wear a mask the whole time and staff cleans regularly to help protect people when it comes to COVID-19.

"The average volunteer processes about 400 pounds of food within that two hour time frame," Sarah Biles, Director of Communications at Harvesters said. "If we don't have those people, we are having to hire temporary workers or permanent staff to fill that gap."

Click here to learn how to volunteer.