ALBEMARLE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The Foodbank of the Albemarle is in need of volunteers to help with the increase of clients its seen due to the government shutdown.
Last week, 10 On Your Side told you about the foodbank and pantry’s expanded hours to help Coast Guard and furloughed employee families.
“Normally our people that come to our pantry come once a month, but anyone affected by the shutdown, they’re coming weekly now,” said Brian Gray, who is the communications and volunteer manager at the foodbank.
Since adding the extra days and hours, Gray says 46 families, affected by the shutdown, have come in for help.
“We’re talking about 120 people in those households who need assistance now,” he said.
And because of the increase of demand, the pantry needs more volunteers to help get food out to those who need it.
“We need volunteers on pantry day to get that food together, to get carts ready for clients coming in” Gray said.
He believes th.at volunteers not only help their organization function, but extend that help into the community.
“Volunteers are critical right now. We will be able to serve more people, more efficiently with your help,” Gray said.
To be a volunteer, you must be at least 12 years or older.
If you are between the ages of 12 and 16, you must be accompanied by an adult.
Gray says that volunteers should be energetic and optimistic about working at the food pantry to help needy families.
To volunteer, you can contact the foodbank at https://afoodbank.org/.