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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Calling all foodies! Share your love of food with seniors in your community. As Nutrition Educator, you can assist the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) department with providing nutrition education. 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 leading nutrition education sessions that include healthy recipe sampling, visual aides and handouts at 2-3 sites. You will have the opportunity to interact with seniors, build relationships as you visit the same sites each month, and share your passion for healthy food & recipes.

Current needs:

  • Central High Rise: 554 West Central Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103 1st Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Elders Lodge: 1500 East Magnolia Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106 1st Thursday of the month from 1:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Seabury Apartments: 1830 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104 3rd Friday of the month from 12:30-1:00 p.m.

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). Volunteers in this position lead the distribution site where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. Working alongside the other volunteers, the Site Partner oversees the grocery distribution for seniors by providing excellent customer service to our clients, cultivating and maintaining customer service excellence, and ensuring smooth, effective communication between volunteers, participants and Second Harvest Heartland Site Coordinator.

Current needs:

  • Montreal High Rise, St. Paul on first Monday morning of month
  • Exchange High Rise, St. Paul on first Thursday morning of month

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). Volunteers in this assist at the distribution site where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. You can assist in the setup, certification and recertification of clients who receive a month box of free groceries, and help senior clients carrying their boxes and/or loading them into their vehicles. This position is physical, fast-paced, and offers face-to-face client interaction.

Current needs:

  • Ravoux High Rise, St. Paul, 1st Thursday morning of month
  • Lyndale Manor, Minneapolis, 2nd Friday morning of month
  • Village at Franklin Station, Minneapolis, 3rd Thursday morning of month
  • Horn Towers, Minneapolis, 3rd Thursday afternoon of month (summer only)

The Drive-Thru Assistant helps in the distribution of food boxes to seniors participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Each month, volunteers distribute around 2,000 boxes of groceries from the Maplewood Drive Thru. This position is physical, fast-paced, and is a very wonderful and direct way to help seniors at risk of hunger! Schedule is flexible; serve as a substitute for a 3-4 hour shift on an on-call basis.

Carrots, cereal, corn, rice, potatoes, cabbage…you name it, we pack it! Last year, we had volunteers donate over 31,000 hours of their time, and that number is only increasing. Volunteers in this leadership position will help coordinate and lead other volunteers to pack food for delivery to our partner agencies. Day, evening or weekend shifts available at our West location.

1 in 11 Minnesotans are at risk of missing a meal today, but you can help. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Second Harvest Heartland is seeking friendly and motivated volunteers to assist SNAP Outreach specialists with follow-up to clients with phone calls. The SNAP program helps struggling families and individuals with monthly benefit allotments to purchase and put food on the table.

As such, the utilization of volunteers is vital in helping SNAP Outreach specialists track who was approved, denied, and/or are still pending for SNAP benefits. Comfortable working on phones and computer is needed. Current need for a Spanish-speaking volunteer.

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