The best school snack and breakfast programs have community volunteers working alongside teachers, secretaries, teachers’ assistants and school administrators to start and manage a high-quality program.
There are many different volunteer roles needed for a successful school snack and breakfast program. In addition to preparing and serving food and cleaning, schools also need: fundraisers, grant writers, grocery shoppers, etc. No matter the role, all volunteers (and staff) are encouraged to:
Be sensitive to cultural differences
Follow program guidelines, especially regarding confidential information shared by children
Wear a name tag to create a friendly environment (or follow school’s practice)
Be aware of proper procedures in case of emergencies such as choking or allergic reactions
Be enthusiastic about all food being offered, regardless of personal food preferences
Start with asking parents, but don’t limit yourself! Local residents are eager to lend a helping hand to a very worthy cause.
Send a letter home to promote the program and request for help
Post a request or find volunteers on the CivicYork
Approach local seniors’ centres, religious centres, service clubs or other community organizations
Use your school’s social media to spread the word
Connect with local high schools for students who require volunteer hours
Video: Watch how one school recruited volunteers!
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
Ask all potential volunteers to fill out a volunteer application form for review by the Program Coordinator and/or Principal. Interview all potential candidates.
VULNERABLE SECTOR CHECK: YORK REGIONAL POLICE
The Police Vulnerable Sector Check screens individuals who will work or volunteer with vulnerable people, such as children and youth. All applicants applying for a volunteer position must provide a letter from the school where they intend to volunteer. The letter must be printed on the school’s letterhead with the applicant's name and volunteer position, stating the position is a "volunteer non-paid position."