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Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank seeks volunteers

Northern Lakes Food Bank warehouse manager Craig Ahrens (left) of Gnesen Township hands a box of food to warehouse associate Denny Hagen of Esko while the two worked to fill an order for the Tower Food Shelf in the food bank's 14,000-square-foot warehouse. (File photo)

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank relies on many volunteers to keep things at the food bank running smoothly. Call Lora Wedge at (218) 727-5653, ext. 108, or email lora@northern for information.

Pack backpacks: Help prepare the nearly 1,000 bags of ready-to-eat food that is distributed to children in the region through the BackPack Program. This requires regular packing of foods into 1,000 small bags. Must be able to stand, lift and bend and follow warehouse safety procedures. Evening hours are available.

Work on site: Volunteers are needed at distribution locations to help register program participants or carry 40-pound boxes of food. Monthly distributions occur in Duluth, Two Harbors, Hibbing, Virginia, Wright, Cloquet and Moose Lake. Regular monthly commitment preferred. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to sit for short periods of time and/or lift 40-pound boxes of food. Wear casual, comfortable shoes and clothing. Evening hours are available.

Food shelf: Serve as a shopping assistant or carry boxes for Second Harvest clients. Food shelf distributions occur Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Duluth facility. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to stand, lift, bend and follow warehouse safety procedures. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Kids’ Café: Provide a fun food activity to children, read a food-related book, prepare a recipe, work in the garden or just interact with children participating in Duluth’s Kids Café programs at Damiano of Duluth. Volunteers are needed after school Monday through Friday when school is in session, and midday when school is out. Must be qualified by Kids Café agency and enjoy children.