Give Time: Volunteers can solve hunger in West Michigan

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank provides food to 492,100 people in need each year. To do that, we rely on thousands of volunteers, people just like you who have decided they want to take part in the effort to solve hunger in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. (Learn more about food insecurity in our region.)

In one hour, you can help us distribute 150 meals. It’s a social, hands-on way to bond with your youth group, coworkers, family, or fraternity. Reap the rewards of volunteering at your local food bank. Sign up to volunteer today.


Volunteer Activities


Repacking and Sorting Food in the Warehouse

The majority of our volunteers are needed at the Food Bank itself. About 15 percent of the food we receive (over 5 million pounds) has special handling requirements. Typically, this involves processing food by sorting, labeling, or repacking it. Example: Repacking 800-pound bins of cereal into family-size portions.

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Gleaning in the Fields

During the harvest season, many farmers find themselves with extra fruits and vegetables on their hands. Instead of letting this nutritious produce go to waste, they call us. Every summer and fall, our volunteers help pick — or “glean” — these fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, cherries, and apples, from the fields and orchards of West Michigan.

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Recipe Prep at Mobile Food Pantries

Two populations are especially at risk for hunger in our community: children and seniors. Help them access fresh, healthy food by volunteering at Feeding America West Michigan’s School and Senior Mobile Pantries. Volunteers assist in preparing and giving away recipe samples, an important way to educate clients about using the fruits and vegetables available at these distributions.

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Clerical Work in the Office

With a relatively small staff, the Food Bank is often looking for help with data entry and other tasks in the office. If you have a background in bookkeeping or guest reception, we could use your help.