Give Time: Volunteers can solve hunger in West Michigan

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank provides food to 492,000 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 125 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.

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Volunteer Activities

The following are regular volunteer opportunities with Feeding America West Michigan.

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Repacking and Sorting Food in the Warehouse

This is where the majority of our volunteers are needed. About 15 percent of the food we receive has special handling requirements. Typically, this involves dividing bulk donations of baked goods, breakfast cereal, frozen meat, or vegetables into smaller portions that a family can more easily use.

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Gleaning in the Fields

After the main harvest is over, many local farmers are left with extra fruits and vegetables, but 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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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.

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Support Team at Events

Fundraising events like our annual Million Meal March provide an array of volunteer opportunities. You can help us register participants, serve food and refreshments, and clean up following the event.

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