How It Works ...
Do you sometimes spend your free time tutoring a friend or their loved one? Babysitting for a mother you know who's in need of help? Coach a team at a local grade school in the evenings? Or perhaps even help out by carpooling your child's friends to or from school on occasion? That's all it takes to be eligible!
Prairie Land Food is a great way to get people involved in the community. Volunteering can make a difference in a community or in someone's life.
Prairie Land Food is a program that was designed around the idea of giving a helping hand to people in your community, some refer to it as a "pay it forward" concept. In return they will be offered a nutritious grocery package at a low cost, helping to stretch your food dollar.
Here's how it works:
Once a month, we set a menu of 13-14 items dependant on market fluctuations, which include 5 meat items for a Prairie Pak. In addition, we offer the option to purchase additional items, which tend to be the main course in any family meal or gathering. After all orders are received, volunteers will work together to help get all food ready to be shipped to each site and then loaded onto temperature controlled semi-trucks, and sent on their way to their destinations. Reaching each host site, the bulk order is unloaded by volunteers and taken to be sorted out to complete every participant's order. Orders can be paid by cash, check, or SNAP (food stamp) or online by Bank Draft, Visa or MasterCard.
Includes frozen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables ~ $28.00
MEAT ONLY PACKAGE:
Add an extra serving of the meats in the Prairie Pak ~ $15.00
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PACKAGE:
Add an extra serving of the fruit and veggies in the Prairie Pak ~ $13.00
Prices for these pack ages vary
*A site handling fee, not to exceed $1, will be added to the total order.
The site handling fee helps volunteers with costs of printing menu fliers, postage, etc.
*Orders placed on line, a $1 processing fee will be added to the total order.
Host sites are the heartbeat of Prairie Land Food. A host site is any type of business, organization, church or individual that has a building and volunteers to help take delivery of the food and distribute the packages to the volunteers
- A quality monthly food package at a reduced cost
- An opportunity for your organization to make a real difference in your community
- Create partnerships with other community organizations
- The empowerment for people to do for themselves while enhancing the quality of life for everyone
Prairie Land Food included volunteering into our program because we feel it is important to help others, as I am sure you do. It is rare to find someone that doesn't do something to help someone else, we have wonderful folks in the Midwest that do many things daily for others, things you may not consider as volunteering, but in reality it is.
Prairie Land Food isn't asking you to do anything that you are probably not already doing. The volunteer service is on the honor system, no verification of your volunteer service is required, all we ask is that you write a simple statement of what was done on the volunteer receipt given to you when you place your order. Your statement can be as simple as I volunteered at my church?, or called to check on a friend, a little league coach, Scout or 4-H leader?. How simple is that!
Check out the list below, and then you should realize that and your family are already volunteering, probably ever day, qualifying to save money for quality, healthy food.
EVERYONE volunteers in some way which makes EVERYONE eligible for Prairie Land Food.
What is Volunteer service?
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:
Check it out, it is things you do everyday! FOR EXAMPLE:
- 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
- Care Giver
- Sunday school teacher
- Church day care helper
- Help where needed at your Prairie Land Food site
- Pray for someone
- Hunter Education
- Mow a neighbors 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 several kids to sports practice
- Be a "Soccer Mom" or other sport
- Bake cookies for a child's class or school function
- Volunteer a the local library
- Help with Little League
- Read to an elderly person
- Do handy work for needy or elderly
- Sing in the church choir
- Volunteer and any community organization
- Paint out graffiti
- Pick up litter at a local park
- Volunteer at the Zoo, animal shelters, etc.
- Baby Sit Grandkids
- Buy a Prairie Land Food package for someone else, we call that a Love Gift
- Include information about Prairie Land Food on your Face Book page, etc.
FORWARD ON MY EMAILS AND TELL OTHERS ABOUT PRAIRIE LAND FOOD IS VOLUNTEERING
...the ways you can volunteer are endless.
You can also check with your local, Head Start, Salvation Army, RSVP, Senior Centers, Red Cross, United Way, Hospitals, Schools or community organizations for volunteer needs.