Thank you for your interest in volunteering you time and skills at The Food Bank. Volunteers are a crucial part of our work to feed our neighbors in need. We couldn’t operate without the dedication and hard work of people like you who come together to have fun and build a stronger community.
Existing Volunteers can click the button to sign in:
Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend an upcoming Volunteer Orientation. There you’ll complete a basic volunteer application, receive a tour of our facility, and learn about all the ways we support the community.
Registration is required, so please make sure to sign-up to secure your seat.
Some of the volunteer opportunities we have include:
Sorting Food Donations
This critical role will team you with other volunteers to conduct quality control, sort, weigh, and pack donated dry goods, frozen meat, dairy products, and seasonal produce.
Availability: Monday–Friday, 9am – 12pm or 1 – 4pm
- Must be able to stand, bend, lift and carry up to 40lbs
- Must be at least 16 years old
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a weekly shift, but those with on-call availability are also valued.
Special Event Support
We are always in need of help with food drives, benefits and special Food Bank fundraising events & campaigns (such as Will Bike 4 Food). This could include everything from helping promote events, to assisting with day-of activities.
Availability: Typically evenings and weekends
You will participate in community outreach initiatives by assisting with SNAP enrollment, nutrition presentations, or Brown Bag: Food for Elders program. We have an especially strong need in this area for bilingual volunteers who are fluent in Spanish.
Come to our Hatfield office to coordinate mailings, manage filing and copying projects, make phone calls, and assist with data entry. These vital behind-the-scenes activities are what helps keep our organization on track, and continuing to lead our community to end hunger.
Availability: Monday – Friday, 9am–5pm
Corporate & Businesses Teams
We welcome local, regional and national businesses and organizations to come in for a day of team building. Your group will tour the facility, learn about how we support the community, participate in an educational activity, and sort donated food in our warehouse. Shifts are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 – 4pm.
Community Groups and Organizations
We regularly host volunteer groups at our facility, including families, church groups, and other community organizations. Your group will tour the facility, learn about how we support the community and sort donated food in our warehouse.
The Food Bank’s Youth Program engages students from kindergarten to college across Western Massachusetts, and teaches them about the issue of hunger and food insecurity in our community. Group tours of our warehouse and facility typically last 45 minutes to an hour and are usually paired with an educational game and discussion.