SEEDS

Division of Student Life

Food Security: Volunteer Opportunities

Through SEEDS, you can volunteer with Reed’s on-campus community pantry and with Portland’s Northeast Emergency Food Program. Kelly Elementary and Lane Middle School, with which Reed students can connect through SEEDS, also provide opportunities to work in community pantries.

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Reed Community Pantry

The Reed Community Pantry (RCP) is part of Reed College’s Food Security Initiative. The 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*

Location

Room 042, Gray Campus Center (GCC)

Hours

  • Sunday: 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3–7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3–7 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

*Adjusted hours during fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks. If you cannot access the RCP during these hours, email seeds@reed.edu to schedule a time.

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RCP Opportunities

  • 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 seeds@reed.edu to arrange a separate drop-off time.
  • Provide supplies—the RCP needs medicine and first aid supplies, menstrual products, disposable heat patches and vitamins (especially D, C, B-12, calcium, and iron supplements) and also accepts clean clothes in excellent condition.
  • Contribute directly to Reed’s Food Security Initiative through Reed’s website. In the “Comments and Reasons for Giving” section, indicate that you would like your gift to go directly to 24530 (FSI).
  • Register to be contacted for one-time volunteer opportunities at the RCP.

Wish list

We have an Amazon wish list! You can purchase needed food and supplies from this list and have them sent directly to our office.

View our Amazon wish list

Food and supplies drives

Rally your office or department to undertake a campus-wide food or supply drive for the RCP. Contact seeds@reed.edu for more information.

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.

Schedule: Fall 2019

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. (travel time, transportation, and snacks are always included):

  • Saturday, September 7
  • Saturday, September 28
  • Saturday, October 5
  • Saturday, October 19
  • Saturday, November 2
  • Saturyda, November 16

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get paid for participating in NEFP volunteer trips?

Currently, NEFP trip participants are not paid. However, there are Federal Work-Study–eligible positions at the program. If you currently 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 these positions. You can also apply through the Reed College Handshake Portal.

What will I be doing during an outing with Northeast Emergency Food Program?

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’ll 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 contact, who will talk a bit more about NEFP and our volunteer roles. Once our time in the pantry has come to a close, we’ll 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.

What should I wear? 

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.

Will I have access to a gender-neutral bathroom? Water? Snacks? 

Yes! NEFP provides access to gender-neutral bathrooms and water. Snacks are provided by SEEDS.

Can I receive accommodations that will allow me to attend a trip outing?

Yes! 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 reach out to SEEDS Director Tara Miller.