Closed-toe shoes are required at all volunteer locations. We suggest you dress in layers to remain comfortable while working.
At the Golden Valley location, we have a no jewelry policy. When you are in the packing areas you will be asked to remove all jewelry. Clothes must be clean prior to handling food. All clothing should be appropriate for handling food and not have loose, dangling beads or other articles which can be a physical contaminant. Shirts should cover the shoulders for volunteers directly handling exposed food.
Yes! Parking is available at both Golden Valley (in front of the entrance and behind the building by the truck docks) and Maplewood (at the northwest and west sides of the building). Volunteer parking spaces are marked with flags. To ensure sufficient parking, we do recommend that you carpool when possible.
No, we ask that you do not volunteer if you are feeling ill, or have been ill within the last 24 hours. Rather, contact us to reschedule your shift.
Due to food safety regulations, all jewelry needs to be removed during food packaging. In rare instances where jewelry can’t be removed, please contact us for guidance.
Unfortunately, no food or drink (including water) can be brought into the warehouse.
As a result of the donated food coming from different places, we cannot guarantee that the food hasn’t come in contact with certain food allergens. Unfortunately, we also can’t communicate what food products volunteers will pack until the start of the volunteer shift. For those with food allergies, we ask you exercise caution before signing up for a volunteer shift.
We do have privacy rooms available at Golden Valley and Maplewood. Simply ask a staff member, and they will be happy to direct you to them.
Please note that for off-site events or activities, we cannot guarantee there will be privacy rooms available.
Yes, we are happy to provide stools at our warehouses for volunteers who need to sit or take frequent breaks. Please notify a staff member upon arrival regarding these needs.
Yes! In addition to volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland, we have several ways for you to participate and make a difference.
To learn about volunteering at your local food shelf, please contact the food shelf directly. To find your nearest food shelf, visit Hunger Solutions. For additional volunteer opportunities, Second Harvest Heartland has open shifts and events at our Golden Valley and Maplewood locations.
Scheduling and shifts
To ensure that you can reserve your first choice for date and time, we recommend registering for Golden Valley shifts one month in advance. For Maplewood shifts, we recommend you register three to four months in advance.
Group photos are uploaded two business days after your volunteer shift and can be found in the Photo Gallery.
Volunteer groups can reserve available meeting spaces at both Golden Valley and Maplewood. The Golden Valley location can comfortably fit 15 in the Celebration Room or 50 in the Cargill Community Room. To reserve a space at Golden Valley, please fill and return this form. The Maplewood location has rooms to fit either 10 or 50 individuals. To reserve a space at Maplewood, please contact us.
We prefer that volunteers stay for the duration of the warehouse shifts, but we understand schedules sometimes don’t allow this. Please contact us if a member of your group needs to leave early/arrive late.
Yes! Second Harvest Heartland welcomes and encourages youth volunteers. See our Youth Volunteering page.
Due to the fact the majority of our volunteer jobs are completed in a working warehouse, children's safety is crucial. Review our Age Requirements for Youth Volunteers.
We have specific adult-to-child ratios that vary by volunteer location and group size. Please view these adult-to-child ratios.