Given the current COVID-19 surge and our commitment to keeping employees, volunteers and our work environment safe, we've made the difficult decision to cancel volunteer packing shifts at our Brooklyn Park and Maplewood locations starting November 19 through January 18, 2021. We plan to have our late-January and February schedule available mid-December for volunteer registration. We look forward to January when we can welcome you back to our Volunteer Center and work to end hunger together.

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For the most up-to-date information, please reference these COVID-19 FAQ answers. During this time, not all general FAQs below may pertain or have updated information.

Volunteer packing shifts at our Brooklyn Park and Maplewood locations are cancelled November 19 through January 18, 2021.

Second Harvest Heartland has procedures in screening and safety before and during packing sessions to help reduce the risk to both employees and volunteers. We have added guidelines (that match closely with the CDC) and extra precautions (listed below).

  • We have gloves for each volunteer, and we are requiring volunteers to wear masks starting on May 4th. If volunteers do not have a mask, we have a very limited supply of masks available for use, or volunteers can make one! Here is a great resource from the CDC regarding mask guidelines and how to make your own.
  • At both of our locations, volunteer stations are set up are 6 feet apart. We ask that volunteers maintain at least 6 feet of space at all times and stay within their designated space during the shift.
  • Every volunteer is checked by a thermal thermometer before they enter and if they are above 100 degrees Fahrenheit they are not allowed to volunteer.
  • Every volunteer is also asked 3 screening questions before entering. If any of these questions are answered with a “yes” the volunteer will not be allowed to volunteer:
    • Are you over the age of 18? All volunteers must be over the age of 18.
    • Have you had a fever, cough or shortness of breath in the last 7 days or have you been around anyone with symptoms of or a diagnosis of COVID -19 or Influenza A & B within the last 7 days? If so, you are not able to volunteer.
    • Have you been within 6 feet of individuals that do not live in your household for more than 15 minutes? If not, you are able to volunteer. If yes, were these individuals wearing masks? If yes, you are able to volunteer. If not, you cannot volunteer.
  • We have a limited number of volunteer spots per shift and are practicing increased handwashing (before, during and after shifts).

In addition, Second Harvest Heartland has taken steps to keep our spaces virus-free, including enhancements to our already rigorous cleaning routine that include increased surface cleaning and deeper cleaning during evening cleaning shifts. We have decreased our lobby access for visitors to limit the number of people present. Ample supplies of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are available as well.

Volunteers are required to wear a mask to volunteer shifts. If volunteers do not have masks, we have a very limited supply available, or volunteers can make a mask. Here is a great resource from the CDC regarding mask guidelines and how to make your own.

During this time, we do not have volunteer shifts on evenings and weekends. Please stay tuned for updates on future opportunities.

We do not have youth volunteer opportunities. All volunteers must be age 18 and up.

Brooklyn Park: 7101 Winnetka Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Maplewood: 1140 Gervais Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109

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Second Harvest Heartland is now a Service Enterprise! Second Harvest Heartland was recently certified through Points of Light with this national accreditation standard recognizing that we uphold best practices in how we engage volunteers throughout our organization.

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Need more information on volunteering? Contact us here or reach out to our Volunteer Engagement team directly at 651-282-0901 or volunteer@2harvest.org.

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