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Community Service At The Food Bank

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The Food Bank welcomes volunteers throughout the year who are seeking community service hours for school, scouting, or other educational projects. All volunteers are required to create a Volunteer Portal account before they can sign up for volunteer shifts.

To find out how to volunteer at the Food Bank for your community service project, please visit our School Community Service page.

The Food Bank also has a limited number of volunteer opportunities for those seeking to fulfill court-ordered community service. We only accept those wishing to serve court-ordered community service hours for non-violent offenses. Court-ordered community service volunteers are approved on a case-by-case basis as openings permit. In order to request volunteer hours for your court-ordered community service, please read our policy and submit an online request form.

Questions? Contact us at .

That Being Said Please Do Not Volunteer If Any Of The Following Apply To You:

  • You have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
  • Within the past 10 days, you have been in close physical contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • You are isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19
  • You are currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test
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Farm to Food Bank

This Maryland Food Bank program helps get more local produce to more Marylanders. Pick fresh fruits & vegetables at partner farms across the state. There are no age or physical restrictions to participate. Volunteer as an individual or organize a group . Learn more about the program, including locations.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

FAQs About Group Reservations

How can I see which of my group members have signed up?

As a group leader, you can see which group members have registered by following these steps:

  • Log into your account.
  • This will show you the name and group affiliation of everyone registered in that shift, including those not in your group. It will also show you how many spots you have reserved.
  • Why does the system say there are only X number of slots available in my shift when I reserved more than X?

    This message refers to spots available to volunteers without a reservation. Your spots are reserved.

    How do I reserve additional spots?

    Email with any requests to change your reservation and we will make every effort to accommodate your request. Be sure to include your group name, the date/time/location of your visit, and details of the desired change.

    How do I cancel my groups reservation?

    To cancel a group reservation, email . Be sure to include your group name and the date/time/location of your visit. Absent extenuating circumstances, canceling a group reservation with less than one-week notice will jeopardize your groups ability to volunteer with us in the future.

    How do I cancel my personal reservation?

    Canceling your personal reservation will have no effect on your groups reservation. Group reservations can only be canceled by contacting our offices. If you sign up to join your group and you need to cancel your personal reservation, follow these steps:

  • Log into your account
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    Leadership Volunteer Assignments Require Experience An On

    Regular shift assignments, some training and annual refresher training, and a monthly Team Leader meeting are required. These volunteers are peer leaders for every task at the Foodbank their involvement and on-going commitment make eliminating hunger a possibility in our community. If you are interested in becoming a Team Leader, start with Basic or Regular Assignment volunteering and contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Cuffee at to express your interest.

    Volunteer Team LeaderThese volunteers have logged hundreds of hours as basic and regular volunteers, completed training in task and group management, and commit to regular monthly meetings and leadership shifts. Team Leaders supervise evening and weekend warehouse work, special events and some warehouse functions.

    Advisory CouncilThe volunteer advisory council meets regularly to examine trends in volunteerism and foodbanking and how each impacts our volunteer department. This volunteer/staff collaborative group sets procedure and provides oversight for the volunteer functions at the Foodbank. Additionally, each program area at the Foodbank has its own advisory council partnership.

    During our COVID-19 response, all volunteers must be at least 16years old. We strongly discourage older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions who might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

    Letters Verifying Volunteer Service

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    As a registered volunteer, you may access and print your total volunteer hours via your online Volunteer Portal account.

    If you need an official letter verifying your service, please read the following:

    • Letters verifying service may be requested only after completing all scheduled hours to fulfill your community service requirements.
    • Volunteer service verifications requested on official letterhead may be requested by emailing .
    • Please allow up to 10 business days, after you have submitted your email request, for processing.
    • Verification letters will be emailed as a pdf. If you need to pick up a hard copy of your letter, you will need to make arrangements by emailing the Volunteer Help Desk at .

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    Become A Social Media Ambassador

    Food Banks Social Media Ambassador Program is a way for volunteers to amplify resources for New Yorkers facing food insecurity, boost Food Banks mission on social media, and advocate by using their voices creatively and intentionally online all while earning volunteer service hours.

    Volunteers choose actions to complete , tag #FoodBankAmbassador, and document with screenshots to earn service hours for posting.

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    Donating Instead Of Completing Hours For Tcap

    You may be able to donate funds in lieu of completing hours. To do this, you must be in compliance with the terms of your probation and your Probation Officer must initiate a referral for you to become eligible. Please talk to your Probation Officer for eligibility.

    If you have been approved by your Probation Officer, you may donate online at Donations are not refundable.

    We report donations on a weekly basis to TCAP, so there will be a delay from when you complete a donation to when your Probation Officer sees it.

    Be A Volunteer Tax Preparer

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    Food Banks Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program has put more than $1 billion back into the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, and we rely on over 300 dedicated volunteers each tax season to support this impactful anti-poverty work.

    This Tax Season, Food Bank will be offering three models of tax filing services: Contactless In-Person , Social Distanced In-Person , and Virtual . NOTE: Volunteers must present proof of vaccination for in-person volunteer shifts.

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    Online Registration And Check

    Volunteers must sign up for a shift using our online registration system. When you arrive at the Food Bank for your volunteer shift, please check in at the front desk.

    If you need the Food Bank to provide verification for the number of hours worked, please bring the associated paperwork with you for our staff to complete.

    Thank You For Your Willingness To Help And We Cant Wait To Meet You

    If you have further questions, or just cant decide, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinators and they will help you find the right fit at the Food Bank.

    Volunteer Coordination TeamKimberly, Kevin, Tasha, Ashlen & ElizabethFort Collins Fresh Food Share: 970-829-0161Loveland Fresh Food Share: 970-829-0162

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    We Are Always Adapting Our Policies And Set

    • Masks As of March 1st, 2022, masks are no longer required at MFB. While not required, we strongly recommend that volunteers still wear masks if they are not fully vaccinated, are at high risk due to a health condition, or are still concerned about COVID risks and fee more comfortable wearing a mask. COVID remains unpredictable, and if another spike in infections happens in the future, we may require masks again. Please check back here and in your event description on VolunteerHub frequently.
    • Social Distancing Volunteers are not required to maintain six feet from one another. We ask that you provide other volunteers the space they need in order to be comfortable
    • Hygiene We are regularly cleaning all high contact surfaces

    Registration For Individual Volunteers

    Community Food Bank

    If you are a first-time volunteer, you will be asked to create a login and password when you sign up for your first shift on our volunteer registration system. Please be sure to store your login information for future use. Once registered and logged in, select your shift, and a confirmation email will be sent back to you. For returning volunteers, simply log in, select a shift, and you will receive a confirmation email.

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    Donating Instead Of Completing Hours

    You may also be able to donate funds or food in lieu of completing hours. Please talk to your lawyer, judge, or other community service contact in order to determine if this is possible. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for our scheduled closures when were unable to accept in-person donations.

    Please note due to COVID-19, we are not writing receipts for food donations at this time.

    If youve been approved by your community service contact to make a monetary donation, you may donate online at Donations are not refundable. You will receive an emailed receipt stating the amount you donated that you can present to your community service contact. Note: the dollars to hours ratio is determined by your community service contact and not by the Food Bank.

    UPDATE May 1, 2022, TCAP will resume in-person community service.

    Your First Tcap Volunteer Shift

    On your first day volunteering at the Food Bank:

    • Bring your CSR Placement Agreement form provided by your Probation Officer. This form states your offense, Cause Number, and that you have been assigned to complete hours with the Central Texas Food Bank.
    • Bring a government-issued photo ID

    Tell the Volunteer Engagement staff member at the check-in desk that you are here for your first day of TCAP volunteer service. We will verify that you are eligible to volunteer and ensure your account is correctly configured so that your hours are reported to TCAP. If you do not verify your registration, your volunteer hours may not be reported to TCAP.

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    Volunteers Like You Are Essential To Providing Food For Our Neighbors In Need

    Our volunteer opportunities range from our sorting room, warehouse, curbside and mobile distributions, community kitchen, garden and farm, and more. Donate your time as an individual, group, or company all abilities and ages welcome.

    COVID-19 NOTICE:Masks and temperature checks are now optional in San Antonio Food Bank facilities, including indoor and outdoor operations. We will continue thorough cleanings at all of our volunteer locations before, during, and after volunteer shifts. If you feel sick, please reschedule your visit for the safety of yourself and others. We will continue to monitor the virus within our community and make revisions to our policy accordingly.

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    During the past year, the Tenino Community Service Center showed Economic Courage and has been nominated for an Economic Courage Award.

    TCSC provides food to a growing number of families throughout the Tenino-Bucoda area.

    The Food Bank hours are:

    The Food Bank offers extended hours before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but is closed on all major holidays.

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    Basic Volunteer Assignments Are One

    Most groups and individuals coming to the Foodbank to volunteer are in this category.

    Mobile Pantry ProgramMobile Pantry volunteers help distribute food in underserved neighborhoods by assisting with unloading the mobile pantry truck and distributing pre-packaged bags of food. This task is done under the supervision of a staff person or a trained Volunteer Team Leader. During our response to COVID-19 all volunteers must be at least 18 years old. We strongly discourage older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions who might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

    Quality Assurance

    Quality Assurance volunteers work in the warehouse and, during our response to COVID-19, must be at least 18 years old. We strongly discourage older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions who might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Groups and individuals assigned to Quality Assurance will work on one or more of these tasks, depending on current needs: sorting non-perishable food items, packing food for the mobile pantry, preparing youth-friendly food bags for the Backpack Program, repacking bulk food, sanitation and cleanliness of the warehouse.

    Youth and Family Nights

    There are no volunteer opportunities for youth under 6 years of age, however, Foodbank tours are available and can be requested here.

    What It’s Like To Volunteer At A Food Bank

    Every volunteer experience is a little different. Here are some things you might do as a volunteer:

    • Sort and pack food: You can keep the shelves stocked by assembling food boxes for distribution.
    • Assist at mobile pantries, drive-thru pantries, and no-contact distributions: Help your neighbors feed their families.
    • Deliver meals: With many communities sheltering in place, you can help ensure our most vulnerable neighbors have the food they need while staying safe.
    • Glean and garden: Volunteers collect food left in the fields after harvest or help tend the food bank or food pantry’s community garden.
    • Volunteer from home: Some food banks have moved their volunteer shifts online and are asking volunteers to help fundraise or spread awareness.

    Your safety is a top priority. The Feeding America network follows all Center for Disease Control and local guidelines for sanitation, hygiene, and social distancing to ensure staff and volunteers are safe. This may include masks, additional handwashing stations, gloves, reduced group sizes, and other safety precautions.

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    Join A Virtual Service Event

    Food Bank hosts largescale Virtual Service Hours on Zoom, bringing together volunteers from across the country to join in impactful virtual service activities. These events pair virtual service with educational panel conversations on food insecurity topics with guest speakers.

    Recent virtual events have included our Virtual Day of Service for MLK Day with guest speaker Reverend Rasheed Baird, and People Get Periods: A Virtual Service Hour and Conversation on Period Poverty with US Congresswoman Grace Meng.

    Stay tuned for upcoming virtual events!

    After a nearly two year pause of in-person volunteering due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to welcome volunteers back at our Community Kitchen & Pantry in West Harlem and our Warehouse & Distribution Center in the Bronx!

    As always, the safety of our volunteers, staff, and those we proudly serve is paramount. All volunteers must agree to our COVID-19 Waiver in order to participate in-person. All volunteers must also show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and wear a mask that properly covers the nose and mouth at all in-person volunteer events.

    Grab-and-Go Pantry Distribution

    After a two-year pause, we are thrilled to be welcoming volunteers back to our Community Kitchen and Pantry in West Harlem!

    Warehouse Repack

    Repack shifts are available for groups of 15 volunteers on weekday mornings and afternoons. Please email for more information. For corporate groups, we recommend a sponsorship of $2,000.

    Warehouse Repack

    Groups Of 5 Or More Volunteers

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    Volunteering is a great team-building activity. We welcome businesses, organizations, community groups and more to volunteer at our warehouse in Miramar.

    For groups of 5 or more, please fill out our Group Volunteer Request Form below and a Food Bank staff member will help coordinate. Due to the high volume of requests, please allow at least 72 hours to receive a reply.

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    Volunteer At The Food Bank

    Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Banks mission. Every day, Food Bank volunteers are making a tangible contribution to our communities. Volunteers are vital to ensuring nutritious food reaches our neighbors in needs. We could never do this important work alone!

    I enjoy volunteering immenselyit feels like genuinely useful work, and is a nice physical break from my screen-heavy job. Ive also enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the food distribution system in the USto see what happens to extras/seconds/damaged/other unwanted items from supermarkets/producers, what happens to stuff you give to food drives, what the government does and doesnt do to ensure food security. -Volunteer

    The Food Bank is honored to be certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise! Our certification signifies that we have the capability and management expertise to strategically use our amazing volunteers to make an even bigger difference, not only in our warehouses, but in our communities. This is a prestigious accomplishment, and we are proud to join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance.

    Your First Travis County Drug Court Volunteer Shift

    On your first day volunteering at the Food Bank:

    • Bring your CSR Placement Agreement form provided by your Probation Officer. This form states your offense, Cause Number, and that you have been assigned to complete hours with the Central Texas Food Bank.
    • Bring a government-issued photo ID

    Tell the Volunteer Engagement staff member at the check-in desk that you are here for your first day of Travis County Drug Court volunteer service. We will verify that you are eligible to volunteer and ensure your account is correctly configured so that your hours are reported to Travis County Drug Court. If you do not verify your registration, your volunteer hours may not be reported to TCAP.

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