Food Bank Searching for Volunteers to Collect Data

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Food Bank of North Alabama is looking for volunteers to help conduct the Hunger in America Study 2014. The study is a national research project conduced across the Feeding America Network.

Julia Heintz is the Hunger Study coordinator and she needs volunteers that are highly motivated and enthusiastic to help her conduct interview with the clients who receive food from the Food Bank’s agencies in 11 counties.

Heintz said the study will gives the food bank valuable information and will help them better understand the needs of their clients. “It truly impacts the amount of food that we can advocate for,” said Heintz. “It impacts the relationships we have with donors, and it really impacts our presence in the area.”

The data collection will allow the Food Bank to better serve the Tennessee Valley. “Once we know how many people are food insecure in the area,” said Heintz, “we can make strategic plans to do more outreach in certain counties that we aren’t serving as effectively as we are in Madison County.”

Volunteers will be responsible for structured and sensitive data collection in close coordination with the Hunger Study Coordinator, Julia Heintz. We look forward to working with you and deeply appreciate your commitment to this study as it will provide valuable information about our neighbors and friends – their needs, challenges and circumstances.

The client data collection will begin on April 15th and run through the month of May. You may volunteer for one or all of the data collection times and dates. Data will be collected through the use of tablets and will be uploaded electronically from the site.

Basic requirements for volunteers are:

  • · Enthusiasm for the project
  • · Ability and desire to work with a diverse population
  • · Able to be available for at least one half day per week
  • · 18 years of age or older
  • · Bilingual where needed
  • · Have reliable transportation / to travel to any program in assigned region
  • · Able to carry equipment
  • · Able to attend volunteer trainings

To volunteer, contact The Food Bank of North Alabama at (256) 539-2256.