Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer at the Food Bank

We are fully booked through the end of 2022, however the Food Bank needs volunteer help all year long! Please consider scheduling an event in January or February when there are several opportunities available and fewer offers to help. If you would like a list of volunteer shifts available in early 2023, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator here.

All volunteers must:

  • Register on VolunteerHub to sign up for a shift and electronically sign our liability and media release.
  • Fill out a foodborne illness questionnaire upon arrival to their shift
  • Be 14 years of age or older

Volunteers will be working on box packing projects, which involves standing and moving throughout the shift, occasional lifting of boxes up to 35 pounds, and being detail oriented.  This is a perfect opportunity for a small corporate group looking for a team building opportunity.

Court-Ordered Community Service:

The Food Bank does not have court-ordered community service opportunities.  To get a list of organizations that do, please contact the United Way of Rhode Island by calling 2-1-1 from any phone.

We hope to be able to open our doors to more volunteers in the future.  In the meantime, we will continue to post other volunteer opportunities in the community on this page.

Volunteer at a Farm

Each spring, our community farms begin accepting volunteers to help prepare the land, plant and harvest. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. It’s a great activity for families, schools, businesses and civic groups!

To volunteer at any of our community farms, visit our community farms page here.

Volunteer at a Member Agency

The 150 member agencies of the Food Bank rely on volunteers to meet the needs of their guests. Check out some of the opportunities available and contact them directly to get involved.

Central Falls Food Pantry at Progresso Latino

CFFP currently has the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Volunteers needed on Mondays and Wednesdays for the following shifts:
    • 8-10 a.m. to help with set up in the pantry
    • 10am-1pm to help with food distribution to pantry guests
    • 12-2 p.m. to help with clean up in the pantry
  • This agency requires that masks be worn at all times while volunteering.

If you are interested in helping out please email Dominga at ddiouf@progresolatino.org for more information.

Federal Hill House

Federal Hill House in Providence has two volunteer opportunities currently available at both 35 Swiss Street and 261 Manton Ave:

  • Volunteers are needed Tuesday – Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for various tasks including packing bags for distribution to families and stocking shelves (requires ability to lift up to 40 lbs.). Short and longer shifts available!

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Libby Lubera at volunteer@federalhillhouse.org or 401.362.5558 for more information. Volunteers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks while on site. Spanish-speaking volunteers are also welcome!

Jonnycake Center of Westerly

Jonnycake Center of Westerly has the following opportunities currently available:

  • Looking for an opportunity to get out of the house and do some good? The Jonnycake Food Pantry is seeking motivated can-doers to help round out our volunteer staff! Volunteers get to work in a rewarding, supportive environment, and those who work above a minimum number of hours get discounts in our Thrift Store!

Ready to volunteer? Email volunteer@jonnycake.org or visit jonnycake.org/volunteer to get started!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

The MLK Center in Newport has several ongoing volunteer opportunities. 

For more information, please contact Nancy Harten via email – NHarten@MLKCCenter.org – or call (401) 846-4828 x103. Or you can complete an online volunteer application form here.

St. Raymond’s Church Food Pantry

St. Raymond’s in Providence currently has the following volunteer opportunities: 

  • Volunteers needed on Saturday mornings from approximately 8:30-11:30 a.m. The food pantry is open to guests from 9-11 a.m.
  • Volunteers needed on Thursday mornings from approximately 9:00-11:00 a.m. to assist with unloading weekly order from the Food Bank
    • Duties include selecting and bagging groceries for clients and restocking shelves, and lifting bags, boxes and other food items from a truck and stocking the pantry area.
    • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
    • Volunteers must be able to lift 10-25lbs
    • This agency prefers that volunteers be vaccinated.  Masks are required at all times in the pantry.
    • This agency does not accommodate court-ordered community service hours.

If you are interested in helping out on one or more Thursday or Saturday per month, please contact Jeb Butler at (401) 323-8305.


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