Volunteer to Help End Senior Hunger

Interested in giving back to your community and learning more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Oregon? Volunteer and join us in SNAP Outreach!

Although Oregon has one of the highest SNAP participation rates in the country, eligible seniors are participating at a much lower rate. According to USDA, more than eleven percent of seniors nationwide face the threat of hunger as they struggle to pay for rent, utilities and medication. There are various factors contributing to the low participation among seniors such as the lack of mobility, the difficulties of the application, and the myths about how the program works and who can qualify.

Last year, the SNAP Outreach Team at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon partnered with Store-to-Door for a SNAP Application Assistance Program. You can read more about the experience here. This year, we are continuing our efforts to expand our program while working with Meals on Wheels People at meal sites throughout Washington and Multnomah Counties.

Meals on Wheels People serves hot, nutritious meals at 30 dining centers in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and Meals on Wheels service to homebound seniors. Their vision is that “no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation.”

Volunteers will work to increase SNAP awareness by educating seniors about the program and its application process. They will dispel common myths, lower barriers to participation and connect eligible participants to SNAP by assisting them through the application process.

Candidates must be patient, respectful, responsible and willing to engage clients in a discussion about SNAP.

Volunteers will gain experience relevant to community organizing and outreach, and social services. Volunteers will be provided training, flexible scheduling, and mileage reimbursement* to ensure success.

Requirements:

  • Attend training in mid-April, supported by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

  • Attend orientation at Meals on Wheels meal site.

  • Commit to 2-5 hours a week between April and July 2017.

    • Must be available during business hours, Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM

    • Sites hold meals at noon, but follow-up office hours have some flexibility

  • Must attend:

    • Training: TBA (week of April 10th) at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon Office 

    • Orientation: TBA (week of April 17th) at Meals on Wheels Site

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Must pass a background check.

  • Bilingual (Spanish, Cantonese, Korean), preferred

How to apply:

*Some mileage reimbursement will be provided for as long as we’re able.
* This program will be divided into “West Side” (Washington County) and “East Side” (Multnomah County) locations- volunteers will be expected to visit a number of sites on their assigned side. We will go overs specifics at the training and orientation.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in our internal operations and when considering the impacts of our work. We do not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, socio-economic background, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, ancestry, or any other legally protected class. People of color, from diverse communities, and/or people who bring personal experience of poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.