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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.

Hot Volunteer Needs

 All Thanksgiving season volunteer needs are filled. Thank you to all who have volunteered.

Kids’ BackPack Delivery Assistants –One volunteer per day is needed to ride with the Food Bank driver Monday through Friday throughout the school year. Volunteers may apply for one or more days per week but must be available on an ongoing basis. Volunteers must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. Each day’s route runs between 5-6 hours. Point of departure and return is always the designated warehouse.  Click here to get started with the application process. Volunteer must have a clean court record other than minor MV infractions.  A public background check will be done.

Fairfield needs – Monday through Thursday                    Route starts/ends at Fairfield warehouse, 74 Linwood Ave.

East Haven needs – Tuesday and Thursday.   Route starts/ends at East Haven warehouse, 150 Bradley Street, East Haven

Corporate Group volunteering, Fairfield – Need a weekday group activity for your work team this holiday season? Why not volunteer to pack bags of child-friendly food items for the Kids’ BackPack Program at our Fairfield location, 74 Linwood Avenue. A two hour session can be set up for you and your team of up to 20 volunteers to assist with this much needed program which provides bags of food for children at risk of hunger to take home with them from school each Friday. Currently over 3,000 students a week benefit from this program…but it takes a lot of volunteers to keep it running! In addition to volunteering, financial support is always welcome. The food for this program must be purchased in order to meet specific nutritional values as well as to ensure that each child receives an equivalent package. Click here to get started.

Corporate Group volunteering, East Haven – Need a weekday small group activity for your team of 5-10 people this holiday season? Why not volunteer to sort food at our East Haven warehouse, 150 Bradley Street? A 3 hour weekday morning session or a 2 hour afternoon session can be arranged for you and your team to assist with sorting frozen meat, nonperishable items and fresh produce. Forty tons of food goes out from Connecticut Food Bank each work day. It takes a lot of volunteers to keep food moving at this pace! In addition to volunteering, individual and corporate financial support is always welcome. Corporate Virtual (online) Food Drives can also be arranged.  Click here to get started with a date for your team.

Fairfield Warehouse H.S. Volunteer Night – H.S. volunteers are invited to help pack bags of child-friendly food on the second Wednesday of each month during the school year through May. The group meets from 5 to 7 p.m. at the food bank’s 74 Linwood Avenue location. To get on the H.S. contact list please click here to complete/submit the volunteer application form. Once you have done that you will receive an email a few days before each event. YOU MUST RESPOND to the email if you want to volunteer that month as there is only room for 15-20 volunteers.

Fairfield Warehouse Open Volunteer Night – Parents/children 11-14 yrs, H.S., and individual college students and adults are invited to help pack bags of child-friendly food on the first Wednesday of each month during the school year through May. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the food bank’s 74 Linwood Avenue location. To get on the first Wednesday contact list please click here to complete/submit the volunteer application form. Once you have done that you will receive an email a few days before each event. YOU MUST RESPOND to the email if you want to volunteer that month as there is only room for 15-20 volunteers. This night is not intended for organized groups but for families and individuals.

Mobile Pantry Truck Assistants  – A few volunteers are needed to meet the Mobile Pantry truck at various locations to help unload and reload the truck and assist during  the distribution. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs. and be able to climb on the truck without assistance.

Volunteers must have a clean court record other than minor MV infractions. Each location distributes once a month. Volunteers may sign up for one or more shifts per month. Currently available locations are in:

Bridgeport          Clinton          East Haven           Southbury          Watertown

Click here to begin the application process.
Mobile Pantry Distribution volunteers  – We need several volunteers to assist on a monthly basis at a Mobile Pantry location in

Bridgeport (4th Wed)

Hamden (4th Friday)

Volunteers must be able to stand for 1 hr and lift/carry 35 pounds and must enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life. This is not a one time opportunity. Each volunteer must make a minimum 6 month commitment. The Mobile Pantry operates in all types of weather. Please Click here to get started.
Ongoing Food Sorting 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 & 15 must volunteer with a parent. Ages 16 and over may volunteer on their own. Small groups up to 15 people are welcome on a one time or repeating basis. Fully enclosed footwear is required. Advanced reservations are required. Click here to complete a volunteer application. Already a volunteer? Contact Kim Damien to sign up: kdamien@ctfoodbank.org.

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.

3rd Wednesday of every month 4 to 5:30 p.m., and 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Click here to get started

Hunger 101 Facilitators

Do you enjoy working with and speaking to  groups of students and adults? Become a Hunger 101 Facilitator. Hunger 101 is an interactive group learning experience which gives people a taste of what food insecurity really is. Participants walk in someone else’s shoes and see firsthand what it is like to struggle with poverty and food insecurity. Adult volunteers are needed for presentations to school classes, civic organizations, religious  groups and more. Locations depend on the requests received. We are looking for volunteers from throughout our six-county service area. Volunteers are needed for week days, evenings and weekends. Training provided. First time volunteers click here to complete a volunteer application. Already a volunteer? Contact Kim Damien to sign up: kdamien@ctfoodbank.org

Volunteer Associates

One or two sharp adults are needed at the East Haven warehouse to learn and take on various aspects of volunteer management including processing new volunteer requests, scheduling and phone contact. Other tasks may be introduced depending on ability. The right person(s) will be able to give between three to six  hours a week and will be available at 8:45 AM on designated week days (some flexibility) and will be available to start immediately. The perfect candidate will be a quick learner, comfortable with Outlook calendar and email, easy on the phone and loves working with people. First time volunteers click here to complete a volunteer application. Already a volunteer? Contact Kim Damien to sign up: kdamien@ctfoodbank.org

Client Story Volunteers

Help us spread awareness of hunger issues in Connecticut by telling the stories of those affected.  We are looking for energetic volunteers who are willing to visit our Mobile Pantries, GROW truck sites and food pantries to gather client stories with voice recordings, photos and videos.  Equipment is provided.  Volunteer candidates should be able to use a camera/video camera, interview clients confidently and respectfully and have their own vehicle for travel.  This is a great opportunity to see what we do directly with clients. Please contact Mary Ingarra, Communications Director at 203-469-5000 or mingarra@ctfoodbank.org.

Fundraising Volunteers

We are seeking outgoing, friendly volunteers to help us staff community events during the year.  Events include food drives at local stores and companies, concerts, check presentations and much more!  Volunteer candidates should be comfortable speaking to the public about Connecticut Food Bank’s programs (training to be provided), asking for donations of food or funds and posing for photos.

 

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