DESTA Food Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the DESTA Community Food Program (DESTA Food)!

We rely on volunteers like you to help us serve the community and focus our funds on feeding our clients. There are a few options based on activity and scheduling. Please read the descriptions of our volunteer roles and  select the roles that fit your interests and availability. All volunteers will be asked to sign a privacy agreement to protect our clients.  

GARDENSHARE - GARDEN MENTORS (JUNE - OCT)
Help a few new gardeners gain confidence this growing season! You'll set a check-in schedule with your assigned gardeners to offer advice and support as they grow food in their home gardens. This is a great way to share your knowledge and build connections.

UNION PACKERS
These volunteers unload the food delivery truck and/or pack bags for clients of both our 25 food bank deliveries and the food bank that is hosted at Union United Church. Once drivers arrive, packers help to get bags organized and loaded up into cars. Depending on their availability, packers are more than welcome to stay after the drivers leave to assist with the food bank inside and clean up afterward. Folks usually finish up around noon. This is an indoor job with approximately 10-12 people at a time. COVID precautions are strictly enforced on-site.

DELIVERY DRIVERS
Routes generally take 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to complete, even at rush hour. Depending on the route, each driver makes between 3 and 10 deliveries. There are 2 delivery dates per week and we use between 2-4 cars each day. Our current clients are mainly in Southwest Montreal, but as we grow, we hope to spread across the island. In particular, we are looking for drivers from NDG/CDN and Montreal Nord to help us get food to more families. Drivers are confirmed the week prior, and routes arrive via email on the morning of deliveries.

As families are awaiting their food deliveries, it is absolutely imperative that drivers are reliable and punctual. If you want to help with less commitment to a specific arrival time, packing is a great option, as the food bank runs with about a dozen people. We have a very solid crew of drivers currently, and would love to expand the team in order to reach more families!  

Please inform us of your availability below.  


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Drivers - Must have car, driver's license & be insured
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Are you willing to sign an agreement to protect the privacy of our clients? Drivers MUST sign privacy agreement since they have access to addresses. Packers do not have access to any client information and not required to do so. *
Thank you for your interest in joining the volunteer team at DESTA Food! We could not run our program without the generosity of our volunteers. Applications are reviewed frequently, new volunteers can expect to hear from us within 2 weeks of applying. Contact berlin@destabyn.org with any questions.
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