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An Important Update related to COVID-19 and Volunteering:
As an essential business, our community is relying on us to serve them during this crisis, which is why we remain vigilant in our practices and procedures. If any of our employees or volunteers contract COVID-19, our operations would shut down completely (which would be devastating). Because of this, we are looking for individuals who can commit to multiple volunteer shifts, to help reduce the total number of visitors coming into the Food Bank.
Please view our New Volunteer Safety Guidelines before you register to volunteer. All volunteers will need to acknowledge the COVID-19 restrictions and watch a virtual training video prior to their shift.
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s warehouse receives and distributes millions of pounds of food every year. Each day, volunteers sort and repack that food and other donated items to prepare them for distribution to our Southern Tier communities. We need 500 volunteers every week to help us keep up with the volume of food we receive so no one goes hungry.
You will be asked to e-sign a Volunteer Agreement and Liability Waiver each year. View the waiver.
Be a part of our network of volunteers working to end hunger in the Southern Tier.
Opportunities – What Can I Do?
Sort & Repack
Mobile Food Pantry
Food Bank Garden
Kids' Farmers Market
Last year, volunteers contributed over 50,000 hours of their time to the Food Bank.
We couldn’t have done our work without them! Thank you!
Our corporate partners strengthen their work teams by engaging with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Let us help you build your team while helping to feed families across the region. See brochure.
- BackPack RePack (both at Food Bank and your offsite location)
- Canstructure Building
- Leader of the Pack corporate packing challenge
- Reservation of Food Bank conference room for meals and meetings
- Recognition as Corporate Partner on listing in Volunteer Lounge
- Exclusive invitation to VIVAs (Very Important Volunteer Awards) event
- Schedule a Behind the Beans tour, Food Banking 101 or Hunger 101 poverty simulation
- Mobile Packing Party at your business or organization
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, to customize your experience with us!
Frequently Asked Questions – Volunteering
Q: Where is the Food Bank of the Southern Tier?
Q: How do I sign up to volunteer for a shift?
Q: What is the Food Bank's Volunteer Agreement and where do I find it?
Q: What do I do once I arrive at the main facility?
Q: Can I arrive late to a volunteer shift?
A: We’re sorry, no. Please arrive on time to be a part of the orientation process for each shift for the health and safety of all volunteers, staff and clients.
Q: Can I just show up at the facility to volunteer?
Q: Who can volunteer?
A: Anyone 6 years old and over can volunteer. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in order to volunteer.
Q: Are there any restrictions to volunteers?
Due to the nature of volunteer work, some individuals with restrictions may not be able to volunteer (i.e. unable to physically move small objects or follow instruction). Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to set up a one-on-one consultation to discuss if volunteering with the Food Bank is a good fit.
Q: What should I wear for my volunteer shift?
CLOSED-TOE SHOES – Wear sensible, closed-toe shoes (no sandals) when working in the warehouse. Sneakers or boots are recommended. No one wearing open-toe shoes will be permitted in the warehouse.
Q: How do I sign up another individual to volunteer?
Q: How do I sign up a group to volunteer?
A: Please email the Volunteer Coordinator.
Q: When are the volunteer shifts??
A: Volunteer Shifts are as follows:
Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm
NOTE: Memorial Day – Labor Day, Volunteer opportunities change
Q: What is the BackPack Program?
Q: What is the Mobile Food Pantry?
For more information:
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator