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Volunteer at the Food Bank

Food Bank Volunteers sorting produce.

Food Sorting

Individuals:

All spots for individual volunteers in our food sorting warehouse are full thanks to a dedicated bunch of regular volunteers. Please see the Individual Volunteer Positions listed below for other opportunities.

Groups:

We have volunteer opportunities for corporate, civic and school groups to help inspect, sort and pack food for distribution. Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 35 pounds. Presently, we are scheduling groups up to three months in advance.

Group shifts are available weekdays from 9am-12pm and 12-3pm. Please check back regularly as the schedule may change.

If you are interested in having your group volunteer at the Food Bank, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jeanne Hebert, via email.

Students:

Additionally, individual students over the age of 14, in need of community service hours for school may inquire about availability during school breaks by also emailing Jeanne.

Court Ordered Community Service:

Volunteers looking to fulfill a court ordered community service requirement should contact Serve Rhode Island.


Individual Volunteer Positions

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Jeanne Hebert via email.

Agency Shopping Assistant

Volunteers needed to do one 3-4 hour shift per week assisting our member agencies load their vehicle with items on their orders. The orders may range from dry product to perishable or frozen goods as well as produce in 50 pound bags. Volunteers also restock the shopping area and bread racks. This volunteer position requires lifting and bending throughout the shift.

Shifts are available M-F from 8am-12pm

Customer Service Assistant

Volunteers needed to greet and assist Food Bank member agency representatives as they pick up their food orders in the Agency Shopping Area by appointment. The Customer Service Assistant works in a fast paced environment as there are often 3-4 agencies picking up orders at a time. A volunteer is needed once a week on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30am-11:30 am. If you are friendly, organized, a good communicator, able to multi-task and have some time to give, please contact us about these positions.

Driver’s Assistant

This volunteer position assists the Operations team. The driver’s assistant volunteer will assist RICFB driver’s in transporting food to and from designated locations. A driver’s assistant actively helps unload cases with their assigned driver at agency member sites by hand. The use of power equipment is not allowed. This position will also have extensive internal and on-site interaction with agencies, other volunteers, and clients. Our agency member sites are exposed to the elements so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Monday – Friday 8am-12pm

Packing/Assembling Assistant

Volunteers needed for approximately 3 hours on Tuesday mornings assisting Boston Greens, located in West Kingston, RI, with packing and assembling cases of produce. Boston Greens is a high-tech greenhouse farming operation that grows and distributes fresh, great-tasting leafy greens to restaurants and grocery stores in Rhode Island and surrounding areas. Volunteer help with this weekly task would allow Boston Greens to increase the amount of fresh produce they donate to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank each week.

Shift is Tuesday mornings from 7:30am to 10:30am


Volunteer at a Community Farm

mccoy-4Spring is here and we need volunteers to help with planting and preparing the land at our community farms located throughout the state.

It’s a great opportunity for families to work together and get their hands dirty while helping grow fresh produce to feed hungry Rhode Islanders.

Learn how you can help.


Volunteer at a Member Agency

The following list of Food Bank member agencies need volunteer support.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact each agency directly using the contact information provided.

  • Allendale Baptist Church, North Providence: Email Kim or call 401-231-7669
  • Bristol Good Neighbors, Bristol: Email Ann Wiard or call 401-254-0726
  • First Baptist Church of Pawtucket: Contact Cindy Downie at 401-725-7225
  • Olneyville Food Center: Email Liz O’Dea or call 401-230-1706
  • Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need (RI CAN), Charlestown: Email Catherine Fox or call 401-364-9412
  • Scituate Food Pantry, Scituate: Email Marybeth Ouellette
  • Sojourner House, Providence: Email Kelly Henry
  • St. Raymond’s Food Pantry, Pawtucket: Call Paul at 401-272-8273
  • SVDP Ministry of St. Charles Church, Providence: Email Joan Zompa or call 401-273-1108

If you would like to investigate additional opportunities that may be available in your area, you can download a list of our member agencies (organized alphabetically by town/city) and contact them to inquire about their need for volunteers.


Volunteer in the Community

There are lots of other ways you can help hungry Rhode Islanders. Here are a few ideas:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Together, we can ensure that no one goes hungry in Rhode Island!