Volunteer to Help Feed Hungry Kids

Posted by Stefanie Arck on February 21st, 2017

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is located in Philadelphia’s first congressional district, where 25% of children are food-insecure. Kids often come in for doctor’s appointments hungry, which is exacerbated by wait times. Those with appointments during the school year are likely to miss at least one of the free meals they receive at school. 

To help alleviate this problem, Philabundance is expanding our successful KidsBites Lunchbox program to include distributions at St. Christopher’s. Beginning in February 2017, the program will provide meals to patients, and their siblings, at the St. Chris Center for the Urban Child (CUC).

Kids under 18 years of age can get these meals will be offered in the CUC waiting room two days a week, and we are looking for committed volunteers to help with the distribution. We seek two-four volunteers to help operate the program each, Monday and Wednesday, from 8:30-11:30 AM and 1-4 PM.

Tasks include:

  • assisting with receiving the delivery and maintaining proper food safety standards
  • interacting with patient families in the waiting room (offering meals, explaining the program, answering questions, administering surveys)
  • ensuring an orderly process and a neat waiting room

Volunteering in a hospital-setting requires additional steps for safety and security beyond what is typically required to volunteer at Philabundance.  All volunteers will be required to follow the St. Chris volunteer process, which includes an application and interview, relevant background checks and documentation of immunizations, and attending an orientation. While the process is more rigorous, the impact you can make on a hungry child is worth it!

Find further information about volunteering at St. Chris.

Questions about the program can be directed to Kelly Courts, Hunger-free Healthcare Center Coordinator via email or at 215.427.4045.

This program is generously sponsored by Giant Our Family Foundation.

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