Volunteers Make a Big Difference with Feeding South Florida

With more than 40 million pounds of food distributed per year, Pembroke Park ­based Feeding South Florida has a continual need for volunteers.

The food bank relies on more than 10,000 volunteers annually, ranging from food safety to sorting, bagging and more. “Having a large group of volunteers is always helpful,” said Sari Vatske, vice president of community relations.

She added that volunteering is a learning experience for many. “We hope [volunteers] get a few things,” Vatske said. “We hope they understand that hunger in the United States and in South Florida is real and in their backyard. There is a solution to ending hunger, and everyone can contribute — whether it’s time, food or funds.”

Volunteers come from all over. On a recent Saturday, employees, family and friends of Greenspoon Marder Law in Fort Lauderdale spent the afternoon volunteering. The firm had more than 100 volunteers in its group. “I sent an email out to everyone in the firm telling them about the event,” said Greenspoon Marder’s Rebecca Bratter. “Within 20 minutes, I had more than 50 people wanting to volunteer.”

Feeding South Florida can accommodate up to 100 people per shift, with 10 shifts per week Tuesday through Saturday. People age 12 and older are welcome. “Plan on having an impactful experience,” Vatske said.

For more information, visit Feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954­518­1818. Sara Shell can be reached at sshell@tribune.com

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