Feeding the Homeless: U-Haul Volunteers Help at St. Vincent de Paul

Jul 25, 2018

U-Haul Team Members volunteered part of their Saturday on July 23 to longtime charity partner St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, assisting community members struggling with poverty and homelessness by serving them food.

The morning begins with Theresa Jones, SVdP dining room coordinator, assigning tasks to U-Haul volunteers in preparation for the meal. Some volunteers set up the dining room with chairs. Others fill water pitchers and arrange bagged chips that would be served with the meal.

Making an Impact

The Human Services Campus Dining Room at 1075 W. Jackson St. in Phoenix serves meals every day of the week. With one of the largest industrial kitchens in the Southwest U.S. and five dining rooms, St. Vincent de Paul is able to serve over 1.2 million meals to hungry families and individuals each year.

“Volunteering is important to me because I feel it’s my obligation to give back to my community,” explained George Robb, a U-Haul Team Member and volunteer. “I also feel it’s important to give support to those less fortunate. It makes me appreciate the things I’ve been blessed with.”

Food is Served

The dining room opens at 11 a.m. as U-Haul volunteers greet guests and direct them to the lunch line. Volunteers serve fried chicken, salad, bagged chips and rolls. Dessert follows the meal.

During lunch, volunteers replace empty water pitchers and clean up after guests finish.

After everyone receives a meal, guests are welcome to line up for more food. Volunteers serve food for two hours and feed more than 200 guests.

As the guests leave, U-Haul volunteers shift their focus to cleaning. The group disperses and works on sanitizing the tables and floors, as well as the washing the dishes. Team Members will leave SVdP as clean as it was prior to serving the meal.

Longtime Partners

U-Haul has been supporting the efforts of SVdP for more than 20 years through its volunteer programs; donation events; providing in-kind support; and financial contributions.

“We run off volunteers,” Jones said. “The more volunteers we have, the more clients we can serve. It’s as simple as that.”

Reputable organizations like SVdP offer U-Haul Team Members an effective way to give back to their community. In return, partner companies like U-Haul make it possible for SVdP’s works and contributions to reach more people. U-Haul and SVdP focus their charitable efforts on helping people meet their most basic human needs.

Thanks to U-Haul volunteers Kat Miles, George Robb, Robin McGilvra, Kelie Hale, Allyson Hale, Courtney Neyra and Andrea Batchelor.

Click here to read about our last volunteer event.

 

More articles like this one…

What’s New

U-Haul Supports Tillman Scholars at 20th Annual Pat’s Run

U-Haul Supports Tillman Scholars at 20th Annual Pat’s Run

A determined group of U-Haul® Team Members and 30,000 likeminded neighbors raced 4.2 miles to honor the life of Pat Tillman and raise money for more than 850 Tillman Scholars. The 20th annual Pat’s Run took place April 13 in Tempe, where Tillman attended school and...

U-Haul Volunteers Gain Satisfaction from Service at St. Mary’s

U-Haul Volunteers Gain Satisfaction from Service at St. Mary’s

U-Haul® volunteers recently helped St. Mary’s Food Bank put a fresh spin on its mission to provide food for people in need across Arizona. Thanks to St. Mary’s partnership with meal-kit company HelloFresh®, people facing food insecurity can now receive both an...

Texas Panhandle Wildfires: U-Haul Offering 30 Days Free Storage

Texas Panhandle Wildfires: U-Haul Offering 30 Days Free Storage

U-Haul® is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box® container usage to residents impacted by the wildfires across the Texas panhandle. The Smokehouse Creek Fire started on Monday and has burned more than 1 million acres. It’s the largest in the state’s...

U-Haul and ACS Join Forces in Climb to Conquer Cancer

U-Haul and ACS Join Forces in Climb to Conquer Cancer

The Climb to Conquer Cancer of Phoenix is the American Cancer Society’s largest single-day climb event in the world. Every February in Arizona, thousands of cancer survivors, family members, caregivers and supporters participate in the Climb to Conquer Cancer. U-Haul...

U-Haul, Tribute Journey Spread Valentine’s Day Love to Veterans

U-Haul, Tribute Journey Spread Valentine’s Day Love to Veterans

February 14 is not just Valentine's Day. It is recognized as a National Salute to Veteran Patients day. During Valentine's Day week each year, U-Haul and the Tribute Journey say “thank you” to veterans of the U.S. Armed Services who are cared for in Department of...

U-Haul International Moves with U-Box Makes Moving Abroad Easy

U-Haul International Moves with U-Box Makes Moving Abroad Easy

Every new year invites new adventures. If your 2024 adventures include moving abroad, U-Haul International Moves® is equipped and licensed to support your exciting transition each step of the way. The U-Haul® brand is known globally for empowering do-it-yourself...