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VOLUNTEER

Share your time, talents and generosity to help our food bank end hunger.

Volunteers Fuel Our Hunger Relief

So much of our food bank operations rely on the time, talents and generosity of volunteers. From food sorting and packing to client assistance and skill-based projects, volunteers serve side-by-side with our employees as we work together to end hunger.

Every day, you’ll find volunteers busy readying food for the community from inside our Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, volunteer center, assisting low-income households with SNAP applications and senior food boxes, and bringing expert knowledge to special strategic projects

Become a Volunteer

How Much Do Our Volunteers Contribute?

Even with a pandemic in full force and limits on how individuals and groups could engage with us, our amazing volunteers turned up to support us last year.

5,315 Volunteers

Came forward to support our mission. 

52,045 Hours

Of time and energy were donated.

25 Employees

The work of our volunteers equates to 25 full-time employees.

Service Enterprise Certification Badge

Service Enterprise-Certified

Recognized for Volunteer Engagement

We’re proud to be in the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide for upholding high standards in volunteer management and organizational performance.

Ways to Volunteer

Find the opportunity that feels right for you, and click to learn more. We can't wait for you to join us in ending hunger together!
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Food Sorting and Packing

Food Sorting and Packing

Sign Up for a Shift in Brooklyn Park.

We welcome teams and individuals age 8 and older to help pack various food items.

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Ongoing Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Increase Your Engagement.

Share your time and skill on a regular basis, with a minimum commitment of three months.

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Group Volunteers

Group Volunteers

Bring a Team to Pack Food.

Sign up two or more people for a volunteer food packing and sorting shift in Brooklyn Park.

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Youth Volunteers

Youth Volunteers

Get Kids Involved.

Kids ages 8 and up can volunteer at our food bank. See how it works and chaperone requirements.

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Pro Bono Projects

Pro Bono Projects

Use Your Professional Expertise.

Help various departments add capacity, expand skillsets and work efficiently.

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Court-Ordered Service

Court-Ordered Service

Open to Individuals Age 18+

Fulfill community service requirements by volunteering for food packing shifts.

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Plan For Your Volunteering

Help your visit go smoothly by reviewing these frequently asked questions, health and safety guidelines and COVID-19 precautions before you arrive.
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Pro Bono Volunteers Help Advance

We are fortunate to have the support of many corporate partners who share their expertise through pro bono volunteer projects. Slalom, a consulting firm focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation, was one of our first partners to step up to share their skills and provide meaningful capacity-building support.
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All While Helping Our Community

Finding Meaning and Building Skills

From picking up food rescue donations to educating others about the realities of hunger to working alongside our teams to tackle strategic projects, volunteers are essential.