Salvation Army Alexandra

Food Bank assistant

Organisation Summary:

 Since 1883, The Salvation Army has fought poverty and social and spiritual distress in New Zealand.

We’ve been there to help more than 120,000 families and individuals in need each year—with budgeting advice, food and clothing assistance, life skills programmes and other comfort and support.

At The Salvation Army we are committed to our mission of caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

We work hard to provide better options in life and a helping hand towards a brighter future for families and individuals who ask for help.

One of the many services the Salvation Army provides in Alexandra is the food bank.  Alexandra New World generously donates credits (damaged or expired but still consumable groceries) which are put aside for collection by the food bank for needy people in our community.


To collect credits from Alexandra New World delivery area and pack into personal vehicle. 

To liaise appropriately and politely with New World staff to collect credits at the agreed time.

To transport credits to the food bank in Royal Terrace, Alexandra.

To unpack boxes and put items on shelves and/or in fridge/freezer.

Time Commitment:

Less than 1 hour on weekdays.  As at August 2014 positions are filled 4 of 5 weekdays.  We remain in need of someone to undertake this task on Wednesdays and to act as a reliever for current volunteers on other days.

Skills required:

  • You must have access to a safe and roadworthy vehicle that you are willing to use for this purpose and hold a current drivers licence.
  • Relatively good level of fitness to enable lifting of boxes.
  • Good communication.
  • Polite, respectful, honest, reliable.

Skills gained:

Enhanced interpersonal skills including communication and empathy.

Tolerance and patience when working with others who may be busy.

Self satisfaction from knowing you are supporting people in need.


Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon