The Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse is parish with a big heart. A team of Franciscan Friars and Sisters, community volunteers and the FC volunteer reach out to the community through the Franciscan Northside Ministries and the Food Pantry& Soup Kitchen.
The main responsibilities of the volunteer will be working in the food pantry which serves close to 350-400 families per month and soup kitchen which serves about 150-700 people per month. The residents of the Northside can receive two daily meals from the soup kitchen window as well an allotment of food that will support them and their families for a month at a time. The volunteer opportunities at the food pantry would be receiving food donations, preparing and distributing food both via the soup kitchen and food pantry and training in new volunteers. This site does require a lot of manual labor such as carrying and lifting heavy items and harvesting food donations given by local farmers. The food pantry would be suited to male or female students and no specific background is required and would be of special interest to volunteers interested in community organizing, hospitality, cooking and social work. A valid driver’s license is required for this placement site.