Volunteers Needed to Fill Grocery Bags for People in Need

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Volusia County and thousands of residents lost their jobs, Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) saw its requests for food assistance skyrocket.

Staff and volunteers from the faith-based nonprofit stepped up to the plate and expanded the agency’s Feed-a-Family program by coordinating a massive food distribution initiative. For the past two months, they have been gathering at Volusia County’s Ocean Center to fill grocery bags for those in need. But the need continues, and HUM needs more volunteers.

How to Volunteer

The team is seeking 60 to 80 volunteers to pack grocery bags from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through September at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Each week, volunteers pack up to 2,000 bags and load them onto distribution trucks. Free parking is available in the parking lot on the west side of the Ocean Center.

Volunteers will have their temperatures checked and must wear a face mask and gloves.

For more information about volunteering, contact Tina Davis at (757) 754-6815 or email her at Tina@HalifaxUrbanMinistries.org.

HUM is also seeking monetary and food donations to help those in need. Donations may be mailed or dropped off at 1340 Wright St., Daytona Beach; or 524 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.

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