Volunteer This Summer
Connecticut Food Bank welcomes individual and group volunteers who want to help fight hunger here at home. Help us to alleviate hunger Connecticut this summer.
Ready to volunteer? Get started here by signing up.
Or, click here to sign up your group (corporate, church, civic group).
For more information, please contact Kim Damien, Connecticut Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator, at 203-469-5000, ext. 311 or email. If you are interested in volunteering directly at a local food assistance program, click here to access our Pantry Locator.
East Haven Warehouse
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 15 and over may volunteer on their own. Fully enclosed footwear is required.
Days and times of need are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. – Noon
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesdays 4 – 5:30p.m. and 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed periodically to help glean (pick and sort) fresh produce at local farms and orchards for food distribution to the many food assistance agencies thoughout our six-county service area.
Gleaning Team Leaders
Volunteers are needed to serve as a liasion with staff, farmers and volunteers. Team leaders work closely with volunteers providing instruction and supervision. Some leadership experience is required as well as a flexible schedule, own transportation, willingness to travel and the ability to lift and carry produce (approx. 35 to 40 lbs.)
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.
Thanksgiving is our busiest time of year and offers many volunteer opportunities. There are food drives such as WPLR’s Fill the Bowl, Star 99.9′s Food for Friends, and WATR’s Big Heart at Big Y and there is an increased need for food sorting at all of our locations during the holidays.
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 approximately 600 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.