Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Warehouse Cleaner

Volunteer needed to assist the operations department with daily cleaning and housekeeping. The volunteer is responsible for supplementing general warehouse cleaning. Tasks include sweeping, washing and dusting in our production room and warehouse. Volunteers in this position must be flexible and not afraid of getting dirty, and must wear appropriate clothing for cleaning.

Shifts are available Mondays from 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm

Community Farm Volunteers Needed

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 the Food Bank

Food Bank Volunteers sorting produce. Other than the opportunities listed above, all spots for individual volunteers are full thanks to a dedicated bunch of regular volunteers.

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.

We have shifts 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.

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

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 Deb Nigrelli or call 401-364-9412
  • Scituate Food Pantry, Scituate: Email Marybeth Ouellette
  • Sojourner House, Providence: Email Elizabeth Dugan
  • 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!