Community Partners Launch “Feeding Durham Together” Volunteer Portal

By Michael Davis , Durham County / Published 04.30.20
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Residents Can Sign Up to Support Area Food Relief Nonprofits During COVID-19

Durham County Government encourages local residents, 18 years and older, to sign up to pack meals, deliver food and perform other essential volunteer roles assisting local food distribution organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County, with the support and partnership of The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center (formerly the Volunteer Center of Durham), has a “one-stop” online portal where local residents can go to volunteer and select specific roles, dates and times with food kitchens, pantries and other agencies in critical need of people to serve key functions.

Once residents have signed up on the Feeding Durham Together online portal, staff will then quickly work to confirm assignments with the food agency and the volunteer. The site and process are designed to efficiently match available volunteers with nonprofits that urgently need their support.

“Right now, our community’s hunger challenges are greater than normal,” said Donna Rewalt, Director of Durham County Cooperative Extension and Feeding Coordinator with the Food Security Task Force of Durham County’s Emergency Operations Center. “We strongly encourage community members to volunteer to support our food relief agencies that are on the front lines every day. We have a duty to step up and make sure all Durham residents get the food they need.”

Residents can visit the Feeding Durham Together portal at https://tinyurl.com/feedingdurham. After signing up for an account, individuals or groups can quickly volunteer for the shift or shifts that work best for their schedules and abilities. Volunteers receive safety guidance in the portal upon sign-up for shifts.

“Durham community members always have demonstrated that they will support each other,” said Kim Shaw, Executive Director of The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center. “We’re excited to continue facilitating connections between passionate volunteers and critical food relief nonprofits for the benefit of those who are most in need during this pandemic.”

For questions about the volunteer portal, contact Michael Davis, Durham County Strategic Initiative Manager and Food Security Task Force Co-Coordinator, at mdavis@dconc.gov or 919-560-0062. For more information about Durham County’s COVID-19 response, visit here. To learn more about The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center, visit here.