Client Assistance and Administrative Support Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering Is More Than Packing Food

See below for how you can put your skills to work in many other ways at Second Harvest Heartland.

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The Food Distribution Assistant helps check-in clients participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Each month, volunteers distribute around 2,000 boxes of groceries from the Maplewood Drive-Thru. This position allows volunteers to work on the computer to check clients in as they come through in the drive-thru; no heavy lifting required. This is a very wonderful and direct way to help those at risk of hunger.

As a Food Bank, Second Harvest Heartland, manages and maintains over 90,000 square feet of dry, refrigerator and freezer warehouse space. The product from our warehouses is distributed to over 1,000 food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and other meal programs in 59 counties across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Volunteers are needed to help track current inventory of our food. As an Inventory Specialist, volunteers will count and physically take inventory of our food. Be a part of the hustle and bustle and see our warehouse in action! 

Second Harvest Heartland is seeking a Volunteer Photographer to take professional photos of our staff and interns. These photos will be used on our website, intranet, and for employee use in other formats (LinkedIn, volunteer & board work, etc). Volunteers would need to provide own equipment necessary for photo shoot, and have own editing capabilities/software. Attached is job description.

We know that hunger hurts everyone it touches, but the lack of adequate food and nutrition can be especially harmful to seniors. The Nutrition Assistant Program for Seniors (NAPS) offers eligible seniors receive a free monthly box of nutritious food. These boxes are distributed at dozens of locations throughout our service area. At several of these distribution locations we have volunteers provide on-site nutrition education sessions and food samples using simple recipes and items found in their boxes. They are teaching seniors how to cook healthy with the food we are distributing that day.

There are 2 positions within this program:

    Lead Nutrition Educator
    Volunteers in this role will be developing and executing mini-nutrition education sessions at our grocery distribution sites. These sites could be community centers, senior high-rise buildings, and other partner organizations . The nutrition session may include visual aide(s), handouts, and of course, clients favorite part a healthy samples and recipe giving examples of how to cook with the food in their monthly box. Volunteers in this role are required to have a nutrition background, and can commit to 1x a week distribution for 6 months.

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  • Support Volunteer
    Volunteers in this role will be supporting the Lead Nutrition Educator by distributing handouts, food samples and recipes. Support volunteers observe the impact of the education session and the clients reaction to the sample and recipe. They will be tracking response and data for each site. This position doesn’t require the volunteer to have a nutrition background, but have an interest in helping senior access healthy nutritional food. Support volunteers also need to commit to a 1x a week distribution for 6 months.

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Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS).Seniors are given a box of highly nutritious food. The packages may include canned fruits, vegetables and juices, dry and UHT milk, American cheese, canned meat, peanut butter or dried beans, cereal, rice or pasta. Volunteers in this position lead a distribution site where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes. We go into the community to make picking up a box of grocery’s convenient to the seniors; we meet them where they are at. Site Partners are the lead volunteer at the distribution and are in charge of running the grocery distributions for seniors by providing excellent customer service to our clients, and working alongside the other volunteers at the distribution. This is a once a month position for 2–3 hours per month.

Current Site Partner Need:
Parker Skyview Senior Apartment Building
1815 Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
2nd Friday of every month from 8:30-10:15
6 months-1 year commitment

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