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Volunteer at the Food Bank

Food Bank Volunteers sorting produce.

Food Sorting


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.


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.


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 United Way 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.

Monday – Friday 8:30-11:30am

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. If you are friendly, organized, a good communicator, able to multi-task and have some time to give, please contact us about these positions.

Monday – Friday 8:30-11:30am

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

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.

Seasonal Community Farm Coordinator at McCoy Farm

Volunteer coordinator needed for approximately 6-7 hours per week throughout the local growing season (June-October) at McCoy Community Farm in Warren. The farm provides produce to our member agencies using an established volunteer force.

This individual will manage the volunteer calendar, lead shifts on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, coordinate and track produce deliveries to area food pantries, and communicate with Food Bank staff as needed for supplies. View the complete job description.

Please contact for additional information or to apply for this position.

June-October only, Tuesdays 4:30-7pm & Sundays 8:30-11am, additional time flexible

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
  • Good Neighbors, Riverside: Email or call 401-433-0045
  • First Baptist Church of Pawtucket: Email or contact Cindy Downie at 401-725-7225
  • Olneyville Food Center: Email Jackie Reyes or call 401-714-0057
  • Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need (RI CAN), Charlestown: Email Catherine Fox or call 401-364-9412
  • Scituate Food Pantry, Scituate: Email or call 781-545-5827
  • Sojourner House, Providence: Email Alicia or call 401-861-6191
  • St. Raymond’s Food Pantry, Pawtucket: Email St. Raymond’s call 401-602-5363
  • 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 view a list of our member agencies (organized alphabetically by town/city) and contact them to inquire about their need for volunteers.

Community Resource Volunteers

 “Nobody’s just hungry.”

You hear that often at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Every month over 57,000 Rhode Islanders access our network of pantries and meal sites because they need help getting food.

Rhode Islanders face challenges meeting even their most basic needs. Over 70% of Food Bank guests reported choosing between paying for food or utilities; 62% reported choosing between paying for food or rent. These are choices no one should have to make. Resources exist to help folks, but many people either don’t know about them or need help accessing what’s available. You can help them do just that.

You’ll Be a Part of the Food Bank’s Community Resource Team!

Through direct outreach, the Community Resource Volunteer team connects Rhode Islanders with resources that help. As part of the team, you will visit a pantry or meal site and answer questions those guests may have about resources they may be eligible for and how to enroll. Through one-on-one conversations, you will learn what guests need help with and you will also identify and refer them to other resources.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and should have access to reliable transportation. Good communication skills are a must-have; bilingual English/Spanish or other language skills not required, but definitely a bonus! Community Resource volunteers are expected to do an outreach visit at least once every other month. We ask that folks volunteer on a regular basis because: you build trust by showing up.

Helping Rhode Islanders in Need

This isn’t a typical volunteer experience. You will be trained on what basic needs resources exist here in our state, and how to support Rhode Islanders looking to connect with these resources. You’ll learn how to make a quality referral. You will have an outreach toolkit. This is a little different than other Food Bank volunteer opportunities, but if you are passionate about helping Rhode Islanders in need, this is a great way for you to do that!

Interested in learning more? Click here for a more detailed job description. You can also contact Community Resource Coordinator, Kristina Fox: (401) 230-1701, Can’t wait to hear from you!

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!