Ok, so there’s nothing particularly exciting or fun about hunger, but after 37+ years, SeaGate Food Bank has learned a lot about what it takes to meet the ongoing challenge of hunger. As a major food distributor, we provide food free of charge to over 430 food pantries in northwest Ohio each month. Many hundreds of volunteers work with us each week to pack boxes and facilitate that distribution, and we love and appreciate them all.
But you should know that while SeaGate Food Bank provides food to about 127,000 people each month, our full-time staff is only 10. Yes, we are a very lean machine. We also realize that the concept of “food bank” sounds a little boring and static, when our work is anything but.
It’s no surprise that our staff gets stretched a little thin with three or four important fundraisers each year, plus ongoing programs like our Eat Right Academy, Project PJ, Veterans Marketplace, Help Me Grow, Hi Rise Garden, Alice’s Mobile Market, and many more.
Great news for us (and maybe you) is that an exciting new “task force” is forming that promises to bring “hunger” a little more mainstream—the “High Street Hunger Fighters.™” A volunteer suggested that a group of about 20 outgoing, caring citizens could extend the efforts of in-house staff and help tell our unique story. We’d like you to consider becoming a part of it.
The High Street Hunger Fighters’ main role will be to function as educated ambassadors for SeaGate Food Bank. As a dedicated hunger fighter, you will learn the facts about hunger in our regional community as well as exactly what we do. We will count on your “people skills” to support our fundraising events and programs, and you can expect to have a lot of fun along the way.
Our goal is to recruit community-minded, high-energy professionals like you willing to devote about 10 hours a month to make some phone calls, perhaps do a few presentations, and contact organizations, businesses, and individuals to tell the SeaGate Food Bank story.
High Street Hunger Fighters is so named since SeaGate Food Bank is located on High Street in the Old South End. We’d love to hear your ideas, and you could even help plan new friend-raising and fundraising events if you’re interested. Naturally, you may also want to recommend friends who would make great goodwill ambassadors to work with you. That would be great. We promise you will never be bored, and with a 10-hour-per-month commitment, we won’t take up much of your time.