Why volunteer at The Food Bank?

Your donated time, skills, and knowledge are valuable resources for eliminating hunger in western Massachusetts. The Food Bank could not operate without the support of dedicated and caring volunteers. Join us to make a positive impact upon a family or individual struggling to put food on the table. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for individuals, families, and groups. Lean more, then sign up for a volunteer registration.

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Volunteering as an Individual

As a volunteer, you will play a critical role in the collective effort to end hunger in Western Massachusetts. There are a variety of  positions available for people who’d like to make a difference in the lives of neighbors in need.


Warehouse Positions

Just a few hours of volunteer time in the warehouse can help provide thousands of meals to food insecure individuals living in Western Massachusetts. As a warehouse volunteer, you will sort and pack food and other items that will be distributed to pantries and meal sites as well as The Mobile Food Bank distribution program. Sign up now to make a significant impact in the anti-hunger effort.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.


Program Support

Program volunteers are an integral part of community initiatives here at The Food Bank and at off-site locations. Volunteers assist the Brown Bag: Food for Elder program and the Nutrition Team in planning and hosting events and workshops. They also counsel clients at SNAP Outreach and Enrollment Events. Some training is required for these positions, and there is a strong need for volunteers fluent in Spanish.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.


Office Support

Use your organizational skills to help The Food Bank’s front office run smoothly. If you enjoy data entry, filing, and other light office work, this might be the perfect job for you. Behind-the-scenes volunteer efforts like this help strengthen The Food Bank’s mission to end hunger.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.


Special Events

Your skills are also needed to help ensure that fundraisers, food drives, and other special events are well staffed and executed. Help promote, prepare, and run a variety of events hosted by The Food Bank. Volunteer opportunities for special events are generally available during evening and weekend hours.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.

Volunteering as a Community Group

Groups from colleges, community, religious groups and other social organizations are invited to participate in The Food Bank’s volunteer program. Tour our facility and learn about hunger in the region as you do your part to help ensure that food insecure households have enough to eat. In just a few hours time, you’ll provide thousands of meals to hungry individuals while making a positive impact upon the community in which you live.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.

Volunteering as a Business

Employees from local, regional and national businesses are welcome to volunteer as a group at The Food Bank. Your staff working together to end hunger is a great team-building experience. You’ll tour our facility, learn about hunger in the region, and sort and pack food that will be distributed to meal sites, food pantries and Mobile Food Bank distribution locations. Just a few hours of volunteer work by your employees can provide thousands of meals to hungry households within the region that your organization services or operates.

Volunteers shifts are typically available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m. (excluding holidays). All volunteer shifts must be booked in advance and confirmed by a member of our staff.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.

Volunteering as a School or Youth Group

Safety regulations prohibit anyone under the age of 16 to volunteer or work in The Food Bank’s warehouse. However, under-age volunteers are still able to participate in sorting and packing activities in The Food Bank’s Community Room.

Schools and youth groups are always welcome to volunteer at The Food Bank. Spend a few hours sorting and packing healthy food for food insecure individuals while learning about hunger in Western Massachusetts. Please complete a Volunteer Group Interest form, and our volunteer coordinator will contact you to arrange  for your visit.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.

Family Volunteer Day

Participants of all ages are welcome to take part in our monthly Family Volunteer Days, an opportunity to support hungry neighbors and learn about the work that we do. Volunteering is a great way to teach your children that their positive actions can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Guests choose between a number of educational and hands-on activities, such as sorting and packaging food donations, decorating bags for our Brown Bag program, learning about nutrition, touring the warehouse, and more.

Registration is limited to the next scheduled event only. All ages welcomed but recommended for kids ages 4 and up.

To sign up, e-mail Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org.

Upcoming schedule:

Friday, June 7th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Family Farm Day at Mountain View Farm, Easthampton

Friday, July 12th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Family Farm Day at Mountain View Farm, Easthampton

Internships

Internship opportunities are available for students throughout the year. Contact our volunteer coordinator to learn more about matching your skills to valued positions at The Food Bank.

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