In Our Warehouse
About 15% of the donated food that comes to us has special handling requirements, which we couldn’t meet without volunteers! We welcome individuals and groups. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. We ask that all volunteers wear closed shoes for safety – absolutely NO flip-flops allowed. We suggest older clothing and extra layers during cooler weather. Work appropriate shorts are fine in warmer weather.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday – Closed
In The Fields
We also need volunteers to “glean” or pick produce from local farms and orchards. The gleaning season generally begins in late June and runs through October. We pick a variety of fruits and vegetables including strawberries, tomatoes, and apples. In 2011, this program brought in over 42,000 pounds of fresh produce to feed the needy.
All food bank volunteers must sign a liability waiver and volunteer agreement (which also includes an optional photo release). Please download a copy of the liability waiver here and the volunteer agreement here, fill them out, and bring them with you when you come to the food bank for the first time.
To learn more about volunteering, or to schedule a time to visit the food bank, visit our volunteer calendar, e-mail Dena Rogers or contact her by phone at (616) 389-6351. Then, get directions or print a map.
What does hunger look like in America? We are participating in a nationwide Hunger Study to learn just that. We need volunteers to collect survey responses to make it happen. Your responsibilities will include receiving training, speaking with food pantry clients, and providing them with on-site technological assistance as needed. We hope you’ll commit 3-12 hours per week for at least 6 weeks during the survey period (April – August). Contact Elianna by email or phone (616-389-6349) to get on board.