Instructions for Bread Seva (EAT and Austin Kriya Yoga) .pdf
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Instructions for the Volunteer Bread Seva of Austin
A partnership of E.A.T. Outreach, Central Market (Westgate), and the Austin Kriya Yoga Center
Before reading, please watch the Bread Seva purpose video on YouTube, made by Austin Kriyavan and
coordinator Bob Peck, which has several Kriyavans discussing the intentions behind this seva, and how impactful
it is to underprivileged families in Central Texas. The annual estimated amount of baked goods donated is around
$250,000/year because of the dedicated work of our small team of volunteers.
Volunteers arrive at Central Market (Westgate), bag up carts of day-old bread, and transport them to Regenesis
Integrative Health, the office of Rocco Bruno, our director. The entire process takes about 60-90 minutes
depending on amount of bread and speed of you and your partner!
(Rocco then takes the bread to various food banks, homeless shelters, and churches, including the Central Texas
Food Bank, every week.)
The initial step is signing up for a time slot (or more) during the month. You will receive an email newsletter (signup here) that links to the monthly Google spreadsheet, containing slots of available mornings (Saturdays &
Sundays) throughout the month. Typically, the call time is 7:30am, but can vary based on certain yearly events.
Input your name and phone number under the date. (Start time is assumed 7:30am unless otherwise indicated.)
Note: Because the store opens at 8am, the bakery will begin throwing the bread away around that time, so don’t
be late or you won’t have any bread to transport!
Due to Central Market Westgate having alternative loading dock schedules for our two days (Sat & Sun), there
are two different parking protocols. Both are of course at the same location, Central Market Westgate which is
4477 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745
On Saturdays, the loading dock is open, so upon arrival, park around the back of the store. Walk up to the loading
dock garage and knock on the large garage door. The CM dock employees will let you in from there.
On Sundays, the loading dock is not open, so upon arrival, still park in the back of the store, but do not knock on
the garage door—no one is there to let you in (and it’s locked). Walk around to the front of the store and enter in
through the cafeteria. You can then walk past the blockades for customers (which are removed at 8am).
3) THE WORK ITSELF
Primarily, please sign-in on the vendor clipboard in the
back, loading dock area near the computers. First name,
“EAT Outreach”, Sticker #, and then peel off the
accompanying vendor sticker to be placed on your shirt.
The day-old baked goods are all in carts in the Bakery
section. Ask an employee if you have trouble finding it.
Typically there are 6-8 shopping carts full of a variety of
baked goods—tortillas to cakes to muffins. Wheel each of
the carts back to the loading dock area. Then obtain a
38x46 roll of garbage bags from the nearby hallway.
(Again, ask an employee if you have trouble locating.)
Begin bagging up the items and putting them back into
the carts. Please don’t fill the bag to the brim, just give
them enough weight to be able to reasonably carry one
bag in each arm. And double-bag the pointy-cornered
boxes (or find a box) so they don’t tear the bag.
On Saturdays, when all the baked goods are bagged,
simply let a nearby employee know that you’re finished
and they will open the garage door for you. On Sundays,
because there is no one on shift in the back, you might
have to do some hunting to find an employee or manager
to unlock the door and let you out… just say you’re “the
bread people” and they’ll help you out.
Load up the bags in your vehicle, and then return the
carts to the front of the store. (You can go through the
store, carefully, to do so.)
With the bags all loaded up, take them to Regenesis
Integrative Health Center, just up the street at:
1700 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
There are several tenants within the building, Rocco’s
office in down the hall, taking your first left, and at the
end of the hall.
Note: The drop-off also requires 2 keys so you will need
to be paired up with a regular who has a set. After a
month of being signed up, if you are starting to take on weekends by yourself, or with your own volunteering
partner, contact Bob about obtaining a set of keys to both doors.
Please contact Bob (512-699-2783 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rocco (512-445-1080 / email@example.com)
with any questions and also about obtaining a lanyard badge. We prefer our volunteers to be clearly representing
E.A.T. Outreach. It also usually gets you a 25-cent coffee from the café if you make a stop on the way out from
dropping off the carts!
We are always in need of helping hands, so please, tell friends and family who might be interested. We also now
have a Facebook group where Bob posts the sign-up spreadsheets as well.
E.A.T. Outreach and Austin Kriya Yoga bows humbly to all of you who commit your time and effort to helping
those in need. It is a noble cause that we are all happy to take part in. Thank you and Namaste.
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