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Mays Center looks for food bank volunteers

Mays Center looks for food bank volunteers - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Texas A&M University-San Antonio volunteers help unload a truck in the Choose. Act. Impact. event September 12, 2020 at the San Antonio Food Bank. The Mays Center will host the next volunteer opportunity June 23, 2021 at the San Antonio Food Bank. Photo courtesy of the Mays Center

Students who want to volunteer at the San Antonio Food Bank on Saturday must sign up by 11:59 p.m. June 23 on the GivePulse and San Antonio Food Bank websites.  

Hosted by the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement, the volunteer opportunity is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 26 at the food bank warehouse, 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway.

Volunteers will be packaging materials and moving boxes to get them ready to be transported to families in need, according to Chloe Martinez, AmeriCorps Public Ally at the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement.

Martinez said she chose the food bank because they have had a shortage of volunteers due to the pandemic. Martinez also said when volunteering with the food bank in the past it has been organized and clear about its expectations.

Martinez said students have volunteered at the food bank’s urban farm and Mission San Juan community farm.

Martinez said students should wear long pants, Texas A&M University-San Antonio T-shirts and supportive, closed-toe shoes since they will be volunteering in a warehouse setting. 

Face masks are required by the food bank and a facilitator will have extras in case anyone forgets. Social distancing will be in effect, which is why signing up for the event in advance is required.

Students should arrive at the food bank at 8:45 a.m. and enter through the main entrance. A food bank employee will be able to check students in and guide them to where they are needed. 

Students volunteering the event will get service hours recorded, which are used to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

To register for the volunteer opportunity, visit https://www.givepulse.com/event/230996-San-Antonio-Food-Bank-Off-Campus-Volunteer-Opportunity and select register in the top right corner. After registering with GivePulse volunteers will be redirected to the food bank’s page to complete their registration. 

For more information, click here or contact Martinez at cmartinez1@tamusa.edu or 210-784-1474.

This story was updated at 6:38 p.m. June 21, 2021 to correct the time of the volunteer event. 

About the Author

Briana Walden
Briana Walden
Briana Walden is a junior communication major with a minor in history at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In 2019 she completed an associate degree in liberal arts at San Antonio College. She plans to pursue a master's degree in library science and serve her community as a local librarian. Outside of school she is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys reading, thrifting, visiting museums and traveling.

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