Food Justice Volunteer: Help Distribute Free Produce on Saturdays in the UMC

Saturday, August 27th, 2022 from 12:30pm to Saturday, May 13th, 2023 2:00pm

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Thank you for signing up to help with the Boulder Food Rescue free produce distribution at CU! 

Volunteers help with: 

  • Set up the distribution site

  • Help the courier bring in food from car or bike trailer

  • Organize food and make it look nice, easy to pick from.

  • Welcome Buffs and help them through the process of checking in 

  • Educate Buffs on our partners with BFR and Feed the Stampede and why we do this. 

  • Keep the area clean, and clean up afterwards. 

  • If there's leftovers, get them to the Buff Pantry on Tuesdays or to the Rec Center on Saturdays. 

Why do we do a free produce distribution? 

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goal number two is to end hunger.

  • UN SDG number 17 is to partner for the goals! We partner with you, BFR, grocery stores, Feed the Stampede (and the Basic Needs Center), as well as, Community Food Share, and CU Farm and Garden Club to help get healthy food to our campus community. 

  • Less food waste is good for the planet- food in the landfill creates methane, a green house gas, and even if grocery stores are composting the over stock, that material is hauled over an hour away with oil and gas trucks, through low-income communities polluting their air directly.

  • We are more likely to recover from future climate disruptions the more in-community we are. Meeting with and making friends and directly supporting those who are living on the edge of their funding creates more resiliency for them and campus on a whole. 

  • Our mission is to foster and catalyze a culture of sustainability on campus and beyond- get inspired and start a food recovery program wherever you move to after Boulder!  

We have a second distribution on Tuesday's at Athens North 11-11:45am.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for that shift please use this link.

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Food Distribution Volunteer Info Sheet

 

Thank you for signing up to help with the Boulder Food Rescue free food distribution at CU! 

We have two distribution days and sites:

  1. Tuesdays in the Grad and Family Housing (GFH) Community Room (north west room of building with a patio facing the mountains near bike racks) at Athens North - 1855 Athens St from 11am-12pm 

  2. Saturdays at the UMC (first floor across from the Starbucks) from 1-2pm.  

  3. Arrive before the distribution starts- there will be lines and we don’t want people waiting too long- 

    1. Tuesdays at GFH - Please arrive no later than 10:30 am

    2. Saturday at UMC - Please arrive no later than 12:30 pm 

 

Volunteer Checklist 

Before the event:

  • Set up the distribution site

    • On Tuesday at GFH- meet the courier outside at Athens on the patio

    • Grab poster with QR code (Athens Court closet)

    • On Saturday at UMC- go to the 2nd floor front desk. Use your Buff One Card to borrow a flat bed cart and pick up the sign for the event from them or from the E-Center (UMC 355) if they don’t have it. Please note, you’ll have to get a key from the front desk to get into the E-Center. The sign is in the closet near the reception desk. 

    • Clean tables

  • Help courier bring in food

    • Tuesday at GFH they park by the entrance of the room on the north west side of Athens North. 

    • Saturday at UMC they park in parking lot 208 on the west side of the building by the Museum of Natural History. 

  • Organize food into similar type foods- take food out of boxes with discretion. Make it look good! But keep in mind that things roll. 

  • Dump out bags of lemons, break up bunches of bananas- try to help make it go farther. 

  • Make it easy to see what there is so less people touch items, just grab what they want insteading of having to sort through. 

During the event:

  • Welcome residents and ask them to form a line at one end of the food station

  • Ensure each party signs in via this google form before collecting food

  • Explain how the food comes from Boulder Food Rescue and is reclaimed from grocery store "leftovers" that would otherwise go to the landfill

  • Keep the area clean

After the event:

  • Wipe down tables,sweep the floor, and turn off the lights at Athens Court

  • Take any damaged/unwanted food to the compost bin (remove produce stickers or twisty ties!!)

    • Tuesday at GFH - compost is by the dumpster on the corner of Athens St. and 19th St. There is recycling and trash here as well.

    • Saturday at UMC - compost is found in the bins next to the food distribution site.

  • Flatten boxes and bring to the recycling bin 

  • Excess Food 

    • Tuesday at GFH - Take excess food to the Buff Pantry in the basement of the UMC

    • Saturdays at UMC - Take excess food to the Rec Center

    • You can also call the BFR volunteer line (9-5 7 days a week) if you have excess food that you weren't able to distribute. Their number is 720-445-5237

 

Food Safety Guidelines for Distribution Volunteers

Best Practices

  • Don’t place food on ground 

  • Frozen food must remain frozen

  • Refrigerated food should stay below 41 degrees

 

Meat, dairy, and other high protein 

The risk of food borne illnesses increases when high protein foods like meat, dairy, and tofu, which need to be kept cool, are at room temperature for an hour or two. 

 

Couriers, make sure you use a cooler to transport and store refrigerated and frozen goods. 





Questions?

If you have any questions feel free to call or email Alejandro at 303-928-9883 or murillo@colorado.edu, Jasmin at 720-910-1377 or barco@colorado.edu or Sarah Dawn at 303-588-6203 or hayness@colorado.edu 

 

Here is the BFR google drive folder with additional info.  

Why do we do this? 

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goal number two is to end hunger.

  • UN SDG number 17 is to partner for the goals! We partner with you, BFR, grocery stores, Feed the Stampede (and the Basic Needs Center), as well as, Community Food Share, and CU Farm and Garden Club to help get healthy food to our campus community. 

  • Less food waste is good for the planet- food in the landfill creates methane, a greenhouse gas, and even if grocery stores are composting the over stock, that material is hauled over an hour away with oil and gas trucks, through low-income communities polluting their air directly.

  • We are more likely to recover from future climate disruptions the more in-community we are. Meeting with and making friends and directly supporting those who are living on the edge of their funding creates more resiliency for them and campus on a whole. 

  • Our mission is to foster and catalyze a culture of sustainability on campus and beyond- get inspired and start a food recovery program wherever you move to after Boulder!  

Thank you! 

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