Prairie Land Food is one of the better kept secrets of south central Kansas. As we continue to see prices rise in the grocery store, there isn’t anyone who couldn’t benefit from being able to get groceries at a discount. That is what Prairie Land Food offers in exchange for your community service hours helping your neighbors, friends and as a whole, making our South Central Kansas communities better.
Recently, coordinator June Glasgow, found there are some misperceptions regarding the definition of volunteering to qualify to participate in the Prairie Land Food program. First, there are no income requirements whatsoever. All that is asked is one to two hours of volunteer time for each package purchased.
Glasgow wants to clarify why Prairie Land Food includes volunteer service as part of the program. “Quite simply, we feel it is important to help others,” said Glasgow. “I rarely talk with someone who hasn’t done something to help someone else, things that often they do not consider volunteering, but it is.”
Another aspect is thast as a not-for-profit organization, for Prairie Land Food to offer food packages at a reduced cost, the organization is lawfully required to request volunteer hours. The definition is: Something done out of the goodness of your heart by you or any member of your family (Individually or collectively) to help an individual, church, community organization, etc., that you are not paid for.
In a recent conversation, Glasgow had someone tell her: “I originally heard of this program as a resource for clients. I am not using this program personally due to the volunteer hours. We would love to be able to volunteer however, we run crazy just working, there will be a day that we will be able to.”
Glasgow notes that this person may already be doing things as part of their lives that are volunteer-related and may not realize it. The receipt you present when picking up groceries only asks for a simple statement of what kind of volunteer activity you engaged in such as: “I volunteered at my church” (you could be helping to pass the collection plate on Sundays); “Little League coach;” “Scout leader”; or even, “helped at my child’s school” (maybe you made treats for the class or helped stuff goodie bags for Teacher’s Day for instance).
As Glasgow puts it: “Everyone volunteers in some way which makes everyone eligible for Prairie Land Food.”
What is Volunteer service?
Check it out, it is things you do everyday!
- Call to check on a friend or neighbor
- Carpool with a co-worker
- Offer a ride to a friend
- Give Blood
- Volunteer Fire Department
- Tell others about Prairie Land Food
- Member of your kids PTA
- Help at school functions
- Bring a meal to a friend or neighbor
- Sunday school teacher
- Church day care helper
- Help where needed at your Prairie Land Food site
- Pray for someone
- Hunter education
- Mow a neighbor’s lawn
- House sit for a neighbor or friend
- Pet sit for a neighbor or friend
- Help someone move
- Soccer coach
- Kids sport coach or assistant
- Takes your child’s friends with you to sports practice
- Be a “Soccer Mom” or other sport
- Bake cookies for a child’s class or for a school function
- Volunteer a the local library
- Help with Little League
- Read to an elderly person
- Do handy work for elderly or your next door neighbor
- Sing in the church choir
- Volunteer with any community organization
- Paint out graffiti
- Pick up litter at a local park
- Volunteer at the Zoo, animal shelters, etc.
- Baby sit grandkids
- …the ways you volunteer are endless
Personally, I had a lot of hours recently helping a friend get organized and pack to move; we have two foster dogs which require vet visits, time and one included some time in transportation getting here; we helped a neighbor fix some fence; and I do volunteer work with several rescue organizations periodically. The groceries are top quality, and we’re saving on our grocery expense every month, getting great packages of meats and veggies like the ones offered for June.
It’s easy to order via phone, email or the web site. Call 800-998-9436 or email Glasgow at [email protected]