Making Your Donation (6)
1. Let your hub leader know you’re coming by pre-checking your donation. You’ll find the red donation button on your volunteer dashboard in the Make A Donation section. Select the first box on the left, Loaves & Cookies. It looks like this:
2. You can check your loaves or cookies at any hub or freezer bank that is convenient for you. (Typically, the most convenient is your neighborhood hub.)
3. Heading out of town for the weekend? You can also check your items into one of our freezer banks. Select that radial button, and then from the list, the freezer that is closest to you. Using our freezer banks gives you the ultimate flexibility in your donation timing.
4. You will receive an email confirmation that your items have been pre-checked.
Heading out of town, want to drop your loaves off early? You don’t have to miss a donation, you can bake ahead and take your items to your nearest freezer bank.
A freezer bank is an independent donation location; it is like a hub, and sometimes it is located at your hub. The difference is unlike your hub check-in, where the donations are organized for Sunday. Freezer banks can take donations at any time, well, within reason, that is. Then the freezer bank manager makes sure that your loaves and/or cookies are transferred to the food bank for the next donation date.
You’ll find the Freezer Bank opportunity in the same location as your regular Donation Check-In.
1. Click the Loaves/Cookies Button
2. Select “Freezer Bank”
3. Click the down arrow to reveal the location opportunities. We are adding more and more freezer banks as the weeks and months progress
After checking in your items, your confirmation message will provide the details for reaching out to the freezer bank manager. You can confirm via text, email or phone that you’ll be bringing by your items for cold storage. Then head off to the Bahamas with peace of mind and the positive vibes of a donation that is in the bank!
Yes, absolutely, you can still donate those items.
Now, having said that. If you can tie a string around your finger and remember to pre-check for the future, that would be very helpful. Pre-checking your donation is a real courtesy to your hub manager. It makes easy work for them to submit the final counts on donation Sunday. Here is a reminder of our pre-check process.
When you pre-check your donation, it is automatically listed on a printed sheet, placed on a clipboard, and you can simply scribble your initials and dash. No paper bag needed with your name is needed. Further, it is much easier for a hub leader to estimate the number of bins/boxes to put out. Rest assured, even if your count changes between the pre-check and the physical donation, as when a spouse unexpectedly cuts into one of the loaves, you can easily make a note on the printed check-in sheet.
Baking and donating is wonderful. Baking, pre-checking, and donating is divine!
The great thing about Community Loaves is that you can literally bake whenever it works for your personal schedule, as long as you have access to a freezer.
However, if you don’t have access to a freezer or freezer bank, then you are a Saturday baker. You’ll want to bake on Saturday, package the items on Sunday (which provides plenty of time for loaves and cookies to cool), and then transport them to your designated hub.
Otherwise, you can bake any day of the week that suits your schedule. You’ll still package these beauties up the next day after they’ve had plenty of time to cool (see our Packaging and Freezing guidelines). Then pop the packaged items into your freezer or get them to a freezer bank. What’s a freezer bank? Learn more here.
On your Dashboard, you’ll find a Calendar icon (see below). We list all of our program events on this calendar, from delivery days, to donation days, to food bank tours, and so on.
If you hover over an event on the calendar, you will see a pop up box with more event info. Clicking on an event will take you to the event page, with its full information listed (location, time, volunteer sign up link, if applicable).