Providing Food

Helping Hands Providing Food – Think about these statements: The food I bought didn’t last, and I didn’t have money to buy more; I couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals; I was hungry because I couldn’t afford meals. Unfortunately, for many people in our community, these statements are true. When ACCA conducted a screening of our clients we found that, depending on the program, 30 to 60% of our clients were at risk for hunger.

In response ACCA has partnered with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank, UGA Office of Service Learning: Campus Kitchen Program, UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition, and the UGArden to create the Squash Senior Hunger Coalition.

Get Involved, Give Back, and Make an Impact by Providing Food

Working with ACCA and our partners, volunteers help get meals, groceries and assistance to seniors in the community at risk for hunger. Volunteers may help distribute groceries with the Mobile Food Pantry, help seniors access food assistance with Georgia CAFÉ, share meals with a homebound senior through Lunch Buddies, drive a supplemental food route with Route 17: Take Out Tuesday, or help out in ACCA’s community gardens.

Mobile Food Pantry Volunteers: In this partnership with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Volunteers help sort, bag, distribute and deliver food to ACCA clients and members of the community.

Senior SNAP Volunteers: Volunteers receive advocate training to help guide seniors through the food stamp application process.

Take Out Tuesday: Volunteers help deliver food and meals prepared by Campus Kitchen to clients homes.

ACCA’s Community Gardens: Volunteers help maintain on-site gardens that are part of the UGArden network.

Becoming a Helping Hands Volunteer – The first step toward becoming a Helping Hands Volunteer is to submit the appropriate paperwork. There are five items to be reviewed and completed in order for you to begin service. All paperwork is available in hard copy form at ACCA or is readily available online.

  1. ACCA Volunteer Registration Form: Please complete. This form can be submitted electronically or as a hard copy.
  2. Helping Hands Enrollment Form:  Please complete.
  3. ACCA Background Check: Please complete. Volunteers must complete and pass a Background Check. If you will be transporting clients as a volunteer, we also include an MVR check with the background check. Although the agency cost of the background check is $35, this fee is waived for Helping Hands volunteers.
  4. ACCA Volunteer Handbook Rev 2013: Please read in its entirety and then sign and submit the final three pages: Confidentiality Agreement, Handbook Acknowledgement, and Photo Release.
  5. Client Protection Assurances Training: This interactive, online training module provides potential volunteers with the training necessary to recognize and follow HIPAA guidelines, protect client confidentiality as well as adequately understand ACCA’s Code of Ethics and each individual client’s rights and responsibilities. Following completion of the online training module, you must successfully submit and pass the training quiz at the end of the presentation.  This training will take 20-30 minutes to complete.

Upon receipt of these items and following a satisfactory Background Check, Helping Hands staff will review your submitted information. Once approved, we will contact you and set up a time for volunteer orientation and any other additional trainings required for the volunteer job (see job descriptions for more information).

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