Food in the News…

CNN: Panera CEO takes on Food Stamp Challenge

Globe and Mail: McGill Students Win Prize for Innovation by Combatting Food Insecurity Using Insects

Globe and Mail: Millennium Development Goals Require Action

World Food Program: New Yum! PSA with Christina Aguilera to End World Hunger

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Extended Volunteer Application Period

Soul Food Volunteer Application

Thank you to everyone who has already sent us your applications! We are, however, still in need of drivers to help with nightly runs from cafeterias. As a result, we have decided to extend our application deadline to 6:00 PM on Saturday September 21st. Again, please send the application to volunteers.soulfood@gmail.com. Soul Food runs depend upon drivers, so if you would very much like to volunteer, please ask around and encourage your friends with cars to consider applying! Our logistics coordinators will do their very best to place you on the same shift. We have also decided to waive the necessity of a police check in light of this difficulty, so if the step previously made you hesitant to apply, please give us another thought.

Hope to hear from everyone soon! We will be in touch this weekend with more information about scheduling.

Soul Food Volunteer Applications for Fall 2013!

Thank you so much for your interest in Queen’s Soul Food! We are so thrilled there are so many people interested in becoming involved in the struggle to combat poverty and food insecurity here in Kingston. There are a couple of different ways you can volunteer with us, and the application for all of them can be downloaded here >> Soul Food volunteer application-2013-2014. Applications are due Wednesday, September 18th by 11:59 PM and should be sent to volunteers.soulfood@gmail.com.

Cafeteria Runs: Every night, a team of volunteers is assigned to a specific cafeteria. With your fellow volunteers (a party that includes a driver), you collect the food from the cafeteria and take it to Dawn House Shelter, Ryandale Shelter, In From the Cold Shelter, or the Kingston Youth Shelter. At the shelter, you collect the washed pans and bring them back to the cafeteria. Runs generally take no more than 30 minutes, and help shelters significantly reduce their expenses — sometimes by up to 60%. If you are not scheduled for a regular shift, but on our “On Call” list, we would contact you to ask you to cover a shift should one of our regularly scheduled volunteers not be available.

Martha’s Table: Martha’s Table is a restaurant-style soup kitchen located on Princess Street about 10 minutes walk away from campus. Volunteers have the opportunity to work as servers, dishwashers, food-preparers, and more. Shifts last about three hours, and all volunteers have the chance to sit down and eat with everyone at the end of the day. Martha’s Table is a wonderfully supportive community, and I cannot recommend volunteering there highly enough.

Awareness Week: One a semester, Soul Food runs a week-long event to raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Kingston generally, and about our role on campus in particular. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would be willing to lend a hand, so please check the box if you are interested!

So again, make sure to get your Soul Food volunteer applications in by this Wednesday September 18th at 11:59 pm! You can like our Facebook page Queen’s Soul Food, and follow us on Twitter @QueensUSoulFood to keep engaged and up to date on everything we’re doing! We look forward to working with you soon.