Immediate volunteer opportunities available to support our community
Each year, dozens of local farms collaborate with The Food Bank to donate thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. From carrots, to potatoes, to apples and squash, our local farmers are working hard to support our vision of a region where everyone has access to healthy food, regardless of their circumstances.
Last harvest season, local farms donated more than 452,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to The Food Bank. We distributed that healthy food to our member agencies in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties. We also distributed that produce through our Brown Bag: Food for Elders program (which served 7,893 seniors last year) and our Mobile Food Bank (providing food to more than 22,000 people).
In order to meet this increased distribution in their warehouse, we rely heavily on our dedicated volunteers who donate their time and efforts to build a stronger community. From conducting quality control, to sorting & packing this food for distribution, our volunteers are vital to the day-to-day operations of the organization.
You can play a critical role in feeding our neighbors in need
Currently, The Food Bank has immediate opportunities for volunteers to help sort and pack dry goods, frozen meat, dairy products and other seasonal produce donated by our partners at Big Y and Stop & Shop.
Additionally, fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms have begun to make its way to our warehouse, and will need to be prepared for distribution throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall.
Volunteer shifts are available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Who can volunteer?
- Shifts for individuals are Monday – Friday; both morning and afternoon shifts available.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
- 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 The Food Bank and the local emergency food network supports the community and sort donated food in our warehouse.
- We also welcome local, regional and national businesses and organizations to come in for a day of team building. Your group will tour the facility, participate in an educational activity, and sort donated food for distribution.
To learn how you can become a volunteer, e-mail our volunteer coordinator or call 413-247-9738.