Food Security: Volunteer Opportunities
Through SEEDS, you can volunteer with Reed’s on-campus community pantry and/or with Portland’s Northeast Emergency Food Program. The SEEDS @Schools program also provides opportunities to work in community pantries at Kelly Elementary School and/or Lane Middle School.
Reed Community Pantry
The Reed Community Pantry (RCP) provides nonperishable food items, toiletries, hygiene products, clothing, books, and more at no cost to members of the Reed community. This resource is open to Reed students, faculty, and staff. For more information, see our pantry FAQ.
Location & Hours*
Room 042, Gray Campus Center (GCC)
- Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
- Monday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
- Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
- Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
- Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
- Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
- Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
*Hours adjust during fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks. If you cannot access the RCP during these hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time.
We have an Amazon wish list! You can purchase needed food and supplies from this list and have them sent directly to our office.
- Volunteer to staff the RCP on a regular, weekly basis.
- Provide food—the RCP accepts unopened, unexpired food and supply donations during open hours. Microwaveable meals, spices, soup, and shelf-stable juices are needed. If you cannot make it to open hours, contact email@example.com to arrange a separate drop-off time.
- Provide supplies—the RCP accepts clean clothes in excellent condition and supply donations during open hours. The RCP needs medicine and first aid supplies, menstrual products, disposable heat patches, and vitamins (especially D, C, B-12, calcium, and iron supplements).
- Contribute directly to Reed’s Food Security Initiative through Reed’s online giving website. In the “Comments and Reasons for Giving” section, indicate that you would like your gift to go directly to 24530 (FSI).
- Contribute directly to the RCP through fulfilling an item on our Amazon wish list.
- Organize food and supplies drives—rally your office or department to undertake a campus-wide food or supply drive for the RCP. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Register to be contacted for one-time volunteer opportunities at the RCP.
Northeast Emergency Food Program
The Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP) is an organization that recognizes access to nutritious food as a human right. Run by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the program has no geographical boundaries, making pantry resources accessible to a large portion of Portland and the surrounding areas. NEFP allows students to engage with the greater Portland area while also developing professional and personal skills in community engagement.
SEEDS coordinates volunteer trips to NEFP twice a month, providing orientation, transportation, snacks, and reflection opportunities for one-time and regular volunteers. Outings are from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (including travel time). For the full schedule and more information, contact email@example.com.
NEFP Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I get paid for participating in NEFP volunteer trips?
- What will I be doing as a volunteer?
- What should I wear?
- Will I have access to a gender-neutral bathroom? Water? Snacks?
- Can I receive accomodations that will allow me to participate?
Currently, NEFP trip participants are not paid. However, there are Federal Work-Study-eligible positions at NEFP. If you have Federal Work-Study, your NEFP coordinator can put you in contact with Cecilia Estraviz, who can chat with you about how to apply for one of the Federal Work-Study positions. You can also apply through Reed on Handshake.
A typical NEFP outing starts with a group conversation about NEFP’s mission and vision, how NEFP fits into our understanding of food justice, and its intersections with other issues we care about. We will then travel to NEFP in a Reed College van, driven by your NEFP coordinator. The coordinator will hand out snacks, give a quick run-down of what to expect when you arrive on-site, and check-in with the group about any questions or concerns. When we arrive, we’ll connect with Cecilia Estraviz, our community partner, who will talk a bit more about NEFP and our specific volunteer roles. Once our time in the pantry has come to a close, we will gather outside the van and hold a group reflection, focusing on our experience at NEFP, as well as how we can continue to engage with our community in the future.
Whatever you’re comfortable in! It’s a little chilly in the pantry, so we encourage a long-sleeve t-shirt or light sweater, as well as pants and closed-toe shoes.
Yes! NEFP provides access to gender-neutral bathrooms and water. Snacks are provided by SEEDS.
Yes! Reed vans and NEFP entrances are accessible. While participating in NEFP includes standing and walking for longer periods of time, we always encourage students to participate in the ways that are most accessible to them. Breaks are always important, and we encourage any participant to address their needs while on an outing. If you have any questions or concerns about specific accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.