FAQ’s For Prospective Volunteer Drivers
- What do I need to have to volunteer with Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA)?
In order to be a Volunteer Driver drive for SHA, you’ll need a valid Driver’s License. If you’re not interested in driving to pick up donated food, other opportunities are available. We are looking for Volunteers with grant writing, event planning, Marketing / PR, admin / clerical and IT skills to support our ongoing food rescue operations. Ask us for details.
- What time are routes?
SHA has routes seven days a week. Most of our routes occur during the morning (between 7:30 – 11:00 AM). There are a few early afternoon routes as well. There are no evening routes.
- How long does volunteering take?
Picking up and delivering food donations generally takes about 90 minutes. Most Volunteer drivers pick up donated food once a month. Others rescue food multiple times a month.
- If a Volunteer has a small car, can they still volunteer?
Yes! Many food rescue routes do not require a large car. Although we do have some routes where an SUV/Mini Van is necessary, many can be handled with a small car.
- How many times does a volunteer need to drive?
Generally, a Volunteer driver picks up food and delivers it once a month. However, some Volunteer drivers are on multiple routes or drive the same route more frequently. Read a Volunteer driver story.
- What length of commitment are we looking for?
We ask that Volunteers sign up for at least 12 months. If you cannot commit to once a month, please consider joining our list of substitute Volunteer drivers.
- What does it mean to drive a route for Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA)?
Every day SHA has multiple food routes across metropolitan Atlanta. These routes send a Volunteer driver, driving their personal vehicle, to pick up fresh, nutritious food donated by companies, restaurants, schools or other organizations. At most locations, the Volunteer loads their vehicle with the donated food. Food Donor locations do not typically have staff available to help load the Volunteer’s vehicle. The Volunteer driver then drives the food to the selected Partner Agency, where the food will be unloaded. Some Partner Agencies have volunteers to help with unloading the vehicle. However, some routes require that Volunteers unload, weigh and load donated food into the Partner Agency’s refrigerators.
- Can a Volunteer’s children help?
YES! We love when children rescue food with their parents. It is a wonderful opportunity to model service and spend quality time together. We also have teen drivers that pick up and deliver donated food alone or with parents and friends. Read about an adult daughter that delivers rescued food to the same agency as her Mom.
- Can groups volunteer together?
Most groups “adopt” a route and assign teams of two people to pick up and deliver rescued food. Most routes cannot accommodate more than 2 people on a single route on a given day.
FAQ’s For Current Volunteers
- What does a Volunteer do if they cannot drive their scheduled date?
It is the Volunteer’s responsibility to email the driving team for their specific route to see if anyone can trade or cover the assigned date. If you need a last minute substitute (same day cancellation), please call the Volunteer Coordinator right away at (470)-465-0987.
- What supplies do I need to drive my route?
Every route is different – some require that the Volunteer bring coolers or ice packs to keep frozen food cold; most routes only require garbage bags, boxes, or plastic reusable totes. Many Food Donors will have boxes available for use, but this is not a guarantee. Some Food Donors have specific bins used exclusively for that Food Donor. When you join a route, we will share the specific logistical details with you
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