By hosting a LifeForce Food Solutions distribution, you are feeding the people and building strong communities.
Here are some steps to ensure your distribution is a success.
First having the right tools and supplies when deciding if your site would be a good candidate to host a distribution. Consider if your site meets the basic requirements.
The sites must have a large ideally paved area that will allow space for the 53’ trailer/transport to maneuver, the tables that display the produce, and a place for people to wait in line while they wait to receive it.
As a general rule of thumb, the more space the better and although it isn’t required it is a great asset to have a site where you can move the distribution inside during cooler inclement weather.
The driver will bring the tools needed to move the pallets onto a lift tailgate for the volunteer workers to remove.
It is suggested no less than 12 tables will be needed to display food and registering recipients.
Food service gloves need to be worn handling food.
Hand sanitizer and box cutters will be needed.
Collect grocery bags prior to distribution. These can be used for dividing bulk portions of food.
Volunteers are the critical part of your success.
No less than 12-20 volunteers. You can’t have too many. Volunteers must register and stand in line for their food, the same as other recipients.
Collect your Funds in advance.
Schedule time and date of distribution. Once submitted online, you will be contacted by a Life Force Food Solution distribution team member to confirm your date.
After date confirmation, line up volunteers to help and receive purchase commitment funds.
Instruct volunteers to dress appropriate for the weather. All must wear closed toe shoes and closed heels to protect from possible injury.
Preassign volunteers to specific duties and rules It will help the distribution to run smoothly.
Have at least 4 assigned to set up and distribution of food.
Setting up of food on tables, bagging and boxing and physically handing to the recipient.
Good to designate volunteers as carriers to help those that can’t carry items to their car.
It is recommended for two people to sign in the prepaid buyers.
Do not register recipients prior to 1 hour before distribution. Early arrivals will cause logistic problems.
Volunteers should not be allowed to set food aside, they too must register and stand in line.
Heavy items such as melons, cabbage, be placed at the end of the distribution table because of the bulk and weight.
Keep food at least 6” off the ground, even boxes.
Give each item space on the table to maintain and even flow.
Let buyers choose what food they desire but a variety given out is encouraged.
Guesstimation works best to determine poundage. A 10# bag of potatoes is rather obvious.
Make certain parking is safe.
Trash and boxes are the responsibility of the host group.
Any excess product not taken must be given to a food pantry or to a farm for animal feed.
No landfill or trash.
Driver needs a signature when he leaves.
Most transports will request to be unloaded within an hour of arrival to meet another scheduled appointment.
Funds must be in the Wallet before a transport is sent to pick up produce.