St. Joseph Diner encourages companies to volunteer as a group


LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – To combat the shortage of volunteers during the summer months, St. Joseph’s Diner has launched the Summer Diner Takeover initiative, in which local businesses are encouraged to volunteer as a group .

Catholic Charities of Acadiana, which hosts St. Joseph’s Diner, will begin its recruiting efforts on May 15th. The initiative is open to any local business or group that is willing to volunteer for a full shift or a full day at St. Joseph Diner.

“St. Joseph Diner has relied on the support of volunteers to serve those who suffer from hunger since our opening in 1983, ”said Ben Broussard, Director of Communications for Catholic Charities of Acadiana. “Summer generally presents challenges in recruiting volunteers due to changing schedules. The Summer Diner Takeover is an invitation to local businesses to volunteer as a group and build a corporate culture among colleagues while helping to meet a real community need through the work of St. Joseph Diner.

Companies are encouraged to book volunteer teams by contacting Sarah Baquet at [email protected] or (337) 235-4972 x1222. Shifts are available Monday through Friday, each day with a 7 am and 12:30 pm shift. Each shift is limited to 15 volunteers.

Under the supervision of the kitchen staff, volunteers will help with the preparation and packaging of food and meals. Volunteers are involved in a variety of tasks including packing various foods, snacks and drinks, preparing sandwiches, serving meals, packing meals for delivery, cleaning, sweeping and washing dishes. Specific assignments and projects may vary slightly depending on the needs of the kitchen.

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