Volunteers are extremely important to the Food Bank and we are grateful for all your time, hard work, and support in the fight against hunger. But there are a few simple rules we ask that you follow to make the most of your time. Please remember to schedule your shift prior to coming. We want to be ready for you!

Food Sorting Age Limits

  • The minimum age is 14. Please remember that the Food Bank is a warehouse and there is always warehouse equipment in operation. We are concerned about safety for everyone!
  • Youth ages 14 through 15 must be accompanied by one adult over the age of 21 for every five youth.
  • Volunteer groups with youth ages 16 through 17 must be accompanied by one adult over the age of 21 for every 10 youth.
  • Every volunteer must have a current signed Volunteer Waiver on file.

Attire

The dress code at the Food Bank is casual and comfortable. However, to ensure safety and sanitation standards are met, please follow the requirements listed below.

  • Food Sorting/Warehouse
    • Comfortable, closed-toe, safe footwear is absolutely required: sneakers, work shoes, or boots. Volunteers wearing high heels, open-toed shoes, or sandals will not be allowed to volunteer.
    • Dress warmly in the winter — layers are suggested, as are jeans, sweatshirts, etc.
    • Dress lightly in the summer.
  • Please leave purses, jewelry, and other valuables at home or locked in your car trunk.

Warehouse Rules

  • NO EATING, DRINKING, RUNNING or SMOKING in the food sorting area. Water is provided for all volunteers. Other food and drinks are allowed in the volunteer break area.
  • Food and grocery items in the warehouse are intended for needy people and member charities only. Volunteers are not to remove any products from the premises. This also applies to products which are deemed unfit and are designated for disposal.
  • All volunteers should remain in the assigned work area. Please report to your group leader or Food Bank staff if you need to leave the area.
  • Please remember that clean-up is part of our work. Your assistance and cooperation is appreciated.

Groups

  • Group contact/leader should confirm arrival and departure times as well as the number of group members with the Food Bank’s Senior Volunteer Manager, Kaci Honeycutt, two to three days prior to the scheduled day.
  • For groups that are regularly scheduled each week or month, please let us know if you cannot volunteer or want to change your schedule.
  • Group leaders should feel free to print out these guidelines and distribute them as needed.

Individuals

  • If you cannot make a scheduled time, please inform the Volunteer Department.
  • If you have a school-related service hour requirement form, please bring it with you.
  • At the end of your volunteer shift, have a staff member from the Volunteer Department verify and sign your requirement form.