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Volunteer at the Food Bank

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, we are canceling all volunteer activities at the Food Bank until further notice.

To stay informed,  please sign up for our eNews or visit our COVID-19 Response Page for more information. 

To add your name to our volunteer roster, complete the Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

Ongoing Food Sorting Opportunities 

Individual Volunteers

All spots for individual volunteers in our food sorting warehouse during the regular work week are full thanks to a dedicated bunch of regular volunteers.

There will be times throughout the year when we need additional help and we’ll post requests for volunteers in the evenings or on Saturday. To stay informed about these opportunities, please sign up for our eNews.

Please see the Individual Volunteer Positions listed below for other opportunities.

Group 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.

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 United Way Rhode Island.


Long-term Volunteer Positions

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

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

Community Resource Volunteer 

This volunteer position provides information and referrals on social services to guests at our member agencies.

Volunteers visit pantries and meal sites and answer questions about available resources and how to enroll. Through one-on-one conversations, volunteers assess areas where guests need help and identify and refer them to other resources.

Click here for a more detailed description.

Schedule is flexible based on member agency hours


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
  • Better Lives RI, Providence: Email Diana Burdett or call 401-454-7422  to help with new guest registrations during pantry hours. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Community Food Share First Unitarian Church of Providence: Email Judy Ortman or call 401-457-7149, 3rd Monday of each month, approximately 2-6pm
  • 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
  • Sojourner House, Providence: Email Kelsey or call 401-861-6191 extension 144
  • 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.


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!