Skilled 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 welcome clients participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and assists them with their food pick up. Each month, volunteers distribute 2,000 boxes of groceries from the Maplewood Drive Thru. This volunteer assists with carrying 30-40 pound boxes of food, sorting and bagging food items (in drive thru and cooler), and may occasionally help with computer check-in duties. This is a wonderful and direct way to help those at risk of hunger.

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

Second Harvest Heartland is committed to expanding partnerships and increasing access to fresh produce to our clients. Last year we distributed over 92 million pounds of food and more than 55% of it was fresh! Volunteers in this leadership position will help coordinate and lead other volunteers in packing fresh produce that we will distribute the same day to seniors in our community.

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 by conducting weekly/monthly cycle counts. 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!

Assist the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) department with collecting observations and feedback for a nutrition education program. CSFP is a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides a monthly food box to age and income eligible seniors. This position will be responsible for observing nutrition education sessions, tracking responses and providing assistance to the Senior Nutrition Educator.

Second Harvest Heartland is looking for a support Executive Administrative Assistant! This role serves our mission by providing administrative support to our executive and fundraising teams. The Executive Administrative Assistant will primarily focus on transcribing CEO calendar information into fundraising data-base for use by major gift officers; Additionally, candidate maintains some board support documents.

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