A volunteer packs grocery items into a paper bag at the MSC Food Bank on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A volunteer packs grocery items into a paper bag at the MSC Food Bank on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Multi-Service Center food bank in need of volunteers

The Federal Way food bank is seeing an increase in customers.

The Multi-Service Center (MSC) is in urgent need of volunteers for the Federal Way Food Bank.

MSC is experiencing an increase in the number of customers to the food bank, which serves the Federal Way School District area and its 23,000-plus families.

“The rewards of volunteering can be tremendous,” according to a recent newsletter from MSC. “You will be helping individuals and families to meet one of their most basic needs, putting food on their table.”

The food bank operates as a drive-thru model and distributes approximately 1,200 boxes of food each week, according to the organization.

Volunteers are needed to help prep and place the boxes of food in the trunks of customers’ cars. Approximately 16-20 volunteers a day are needed to effectively serve the community.

As a volunteer at the MSC Food Bank, an individual must been the following requirements:

  • Be willing to wear a mask at all times and stay at home if you are not feeling well.
  • Age 16 or older and go through a background check.
  • Able to lift 35 pounds and able to stand/walk for periods of time.
  • Be comfortable working in an indoor/outdoor environment.

Volunteer shifts are from 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. The MSC food bank is following CDC and public health guidelines during the pandemic. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday.

To volunteer, complete application online at mschelps.org/getinvolved/volunteer/application.

The Multi-Service Center is a nonprofit agency helping people in South King County out of poverty through support and resources in education, employment, housing, energy assistance, food, and clothing.

More information can be found online at www.mschelps.org or by calling 253-838-6810.

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