Grocery Deliveries | El Centro De La Raza Food Bank

September food bank volunteer needs

Important event details:

Select a delivery route to ride:

Use the Route Selection Tool links in the sidebar to select a route that you would like to ride. The Route Selection Tool pages are updated monthly.

If you already have not done so - Please fill out our easy to use volunteer sign-up form so that we have your email in order to send you your route details!

When:

Meet us on Wednesdays or Fridays at 1pm.

Where:

The door to the right of the staircase leading up to the North entrance of the historic building.

The Address of the food bank is 2524 16th Avenue S Seattle, Washington 98144 (map) the link should take you to the specific spot that we are meeting.

Jason, who is the food bank coordinator at El Centro De La Raza will meet you right outside of the door with a cart full of grocery bags. All of the bags will be the same, so that they can be delivered to anyone on your list.

What to bring:

At a minimum plan on bringing a way to carry 2 full grocery bags. Bike racks, baskets, panniers, backpacks, and bike trailers are all great options! Along with a way to carry the grocery bags I would also recommend bringing a few bungee cords or old bike tubes that can be used as bungee cords. You might need to stop and adjust things on your way to the recipient and a bungee cord or two really come in handy.

How:

After you arrive at the staging location we will talk to the food bank coordinator, split up the delivery route, load up our bags and roll out to make the deliveries!

Making the deliveries:

Everyone who you will be delivering to today has been previously contacted letting them know to expect a grocery delivery in the afternoon!
 

Delivering to houses or apartments with external doors: Place the grocery bags on the ground in front of the front door, knock and call out “grocery delivery”, and then step back to a safe distance (around 10 feet). If they don’t open the door immediately then give them a quick phone call letting them know that you are a volunteer with the El Centro De La Raza food bank and that you are delivering their groceries for the week.

Delivering to apartment buildings: Once you arrive at the apartment building, call the phone number provided on the route email telling them that you are from the El Centro De La Raza food bank and you are delivering their groceries for the week. Ask them if they can come down to collect their groceries or whether they would like to buzz you into the building to put their groceries in front of their door. If you arrive at the apartment building and someone lets you in, go ahead and put the bags in front of the recipient's door, knock, and call out “grocery delivery”.

If you are unable to reach the person who you are delivering to and you are unable to get into the apartment building please place the bags as close as you can to the main apartment building entrance. Everyone who we are delivering groceries to was contacted by the food bank telling them to expect groceries in the late morning on Wednesday or Friday.

Online background check form (for new volunteers):

Skip this section if you have already submitted a background check form to El Centro.

Because the El Centro de la Raza works with many people who may be in vulnerable situations they kindly ask that all of their delivery volunteers fill out their online background check form. The background check section of their general volunteer form can be accessed quickly by clicking the "Next Page" button until you get to the first page with a required form field.

El Centro de la Raza Online Volunteer Application form

Please fill out and submit this form by the end of the day today.

Safety:

Please take healthy precautions by wearing a mask, putting on full finger gloves when handling the grocery bags and use hand sanitizer between every delivery drop off.

Contact info for if you have any questions:

If you run into any problems or have any questions that are urgent please don't hesitate to call me at 206-915-2381, otherwise please email me at maxwellb@cascadebicycleclub.org or respond to this email.

To submit the background check form please fill out their online background check form here.