Curbside Volunteers – Produce & Food Box Distribution
The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) is teaming up with the *Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to provide fresh produce and USDA food boxes to area families, thanks to funding from **CalFresh. This program will distribute produce and shelf stable food from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank alongside four of PUSD’s regular curbside meal pick-up sites. Meals and produce will be distributed solely for pick-up and are not consumed on site.
Produce distribution will take place monthly at Altadena Elementary, Eliot Arts, Webster Elementary, and Jackson Elementary schools between 8 AM – Noon via two volunteer shifts – 8 AM – 10:30 AM and 10 AM – Noon. USDA food boxes are distributed on a per access basis. Upcoming dates:
Volunteer signup will usually open at least one week prior to the distribution date.
**All volunteers help with the understanding that they do so at their own risk. Anytime a person leaves their home, they increase their chance of exposure to COVID-19.**
- Only those who have not traveled and have no direct family/housemates who have traveled either internationally or domestically should volunteer.
- Those with compromised immune systems – regardless of age – MAY NOT VOLUNTEER.
Details & Instructions:
- Volunteers must be able to lift heavy boxes of fruit and vegetables. Boxes are typical of CSA (community-supported agriculture) and depending on the fruits and vegetables offered, can weigh between 5 – 20 lbs.
- Arrive at the start of your shift.
- Volunteers from the 1st shift will show the 2nd shift what to do before leaving.
- Food will be distributed until it runs out or by distribution closing at noon – whichever comes first.
- Park in the school parking lot or on neighboring streets adhering to all parking signs.
- Report to the pop-up tent area. This varies per school site. You many need to drive around the school once to find it.
- PUSD staff will be at the pop-up tent area.
- Volunteers will bag and pass out produce to families who drive or walk up to the pick up area.
- Know produce is served to anyone who needs it.
- All volunteers are required to wear face coverings. Please wear your own double-layered face covering, such as a bandana, scarf, or mask.
- Sterile serving gloves and aprons will be provided.
- Dress appropriately for outside weather. Sneakers and hats/caps are suggested.
- Discretion and the privacy of those receiving meals must be respected at all times.
Given safety protocols, we are asking for a specific number of volunteers. If you cannot make your shift, please let us know right away. Never volunteer if you are not feeling well. Cancel your shift.
Families are strongly encouraged continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, wash hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue, and stay home if you are sick.
*Banner image courtesy of LA Regional Food Bank.
**California’s CalFresh Healthy Living, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – USDA SNAP, produced this material. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. For important nutrition information, visit www.CalFreshHealthyLiving.org.
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Only those that agree may volunteer, as we do not have the bandwidth to monitor each volunteer agreement and assign duties accordingly. Please make sure you have read the release before you commit to serve. We appreciate your help and understanding.