Connecticut Food Bank welcomes individual and group volunteers who want to help fight hunger here at home. Help us to alleviate hunger Connecticut.
Ready to volunteer? Get started here by signing up.
Or, click here to sign up your group (corporate, church, civic group).
If you are interested in volunteering directly at a local food assistance program, click here to access our Pantry Locator.
“GROW!” Truck Assistants
Volunteers are needed to ride with a Connecticut Food Bank driver to various early childhood, pre-school daycare and Head Start Programs in Connecticut providing healthy food. The volunteer duties include restocking shelves inside truck, assisting families with bags of groceries, and helping with checkout procedures. The current time commitment is approximately three hours in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteer may opt to work one or more days each week but it is an ongoing commitment, not a one time opportunity. Volunteers must be able to stand for 1.5 hrs, lift approx 40 lbs and be able to work in all types of weather. Start immediately. A background check is required at no expense to the applicant. Minimum age 20.
(New) Food Sorters
Ongoing volunteers are very much needed at the East Haven warehouse, 150 Bradley Street, to inspect, sort and pack perishable and non-perishable food. Youth ages 13-14 years may volunteer with a parent. Ages 16 and over may volunteer on their own. Small groups welcome on a one-time or recurring basis. Hours of greatest need are:
Monday: 9 a.m. to Noon, 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 4 to 5:30 p.m., 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Can’t help at these times? Please see below for additional options.
(New) Community Liaisons
Volunteers are needed to increase community engagement in their own communities. Responsible for dropping off brochures and posters with local businesses and organizations. Periodically checking in with locations to provide additional materials or information about volunteering, food drives, Walk Against Hunger participation, etc. Must be at least 21 years of age.
Ongoing Volunteer Needs
Volunteers are needed at the East Haven warehouse, 150 Bradley Street, to inspect, sort and pack perishable and non-perishable food for distribution to direct feeding programs. Youth ages 13 & 14 must volunteer with a parent. Ages 16 and over may volunteer on their own. Small groups welcome. Fully enclosed footwear is required.
Days and times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to Noon
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m., and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m., and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Plant a Row for the Hungry
While planting your yearly garden, include an extra row to donate to Connecticut Food Bank or a food program in your area. Read about our Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign by clicking here.
Connecticut Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser is the Walk Against Hunger, held every spring in New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury. This community event raises public awareness about hunger, encourages personal involvement in addressing hunger, and raises funds to help Connecticut Food Bank distribute food to nearly 700 food programs. Be a walker to raise money or volunteer as a registrar, crossing guard or for another role.
Food drives are held throughout the year to benefit Connecticut Food Bank, such as the National Association of Letter Carriers in May.
If your group or organization is interested in hosting a food drive, we can help you set it up! Click here for details.