Years ago, the Food Bank got on board with the Gus Bus/Reading Road Show to distribute food to children in low-income neighborhoods. Recently, we began trailing the bus in our own van to bring fresh produce to their families.

We now serve more than 500 children each month through this Neighborhood Produce Market, and we need your help. Join us in providing kids with the fuel they need to grow and learn.

As a Neighborhood Produce Market Volunteer, you can help by:

  • Conducting surveys with clients
  • Unloading food from the vehicle and setting it up for distribution
  • Assisting clients with filling their bags
  • Helping to pack and load supplies after each stop

Volunteers are expected to interact with youth and families of all backgrounds in a respectful and supportive way.

If you have foreign language skills and are willing to serve as an on-site interpreter, please contact Eileen Emerson at 540.569.2002, or Robin Swecker at 540.213.8413. The most-needed languages include Spanish and Arabic.

Special Considerations: Due to the nature of the work and the safety of volunteers and employees, good mobility is an important requirement for this volunteer role. It also requires the ability to lift 20-30 pounds. Volunteers can expect to do a lot of bending and reaching and are on their feet for up to three hours. To participate in this opportunity, individuals must be at least 16 years old and have transportation to drive from one stop to the next.

For additional questions on how to get involved, contact Jennifer Clark Robertson at  or 540.213.8402.