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The Connecticut Food Bank welcomes individual and group volunteers who want to help us alleviate hunger Connecticut.

Ready to volunteer? Get started here by signing up.

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in the Waterbury area, sign up here.

Or, click here to sign up your group (corporate, church, civic group).

Current Volunteer Needs

Greater Waterbury area small groups – Needed to assist with a new senior feeding program which will ultimately provide boxes of food to 1,600 senior citizens per month. Initially, this program will operate out of our Waterbury warehouse on Eagle Street. Groups of 12-15 people are needed to pack small boxes with pre-selected food items. This will be an on-going program and your group may volunteer once, or on a monthly or quarterly basis. Businesses, government offices, High Schools, faith-based and civic organizations may contact Kim Damien at kdamien@ctfoodbank.org, or call 203-469-5000 to arrange for a packing session to be held between the hours of 10:00AM and 3:00PM Tuesdays through Fridays.

Corporate Group volunteering, East Haven – Need a weekday small group activity for your team of 5-10 people? 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. 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.

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.  Volunteer candidates should have extensive skills in still and video photography and have demonstrated interviewing skills to interact with clients confidently and respectfully and have their own equipment and their own vehicle for travel.  This is a great opportunity to see first-hand how the Food Bank helps people in need.  Please contact Sarah Morocco, Director of Community Engagement at 203-469-5000 or email her: smorocco@ctfoodbank.org.

 Wallingford Volunteers Needed – The Connecticut Food Bank seeks volunteers at our new Wallingford warehouse and headquarters at 2 Research Parkway beginning in late October/early November. We will need food sorters, data entry and other office and administrative volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering personally or having your corporate, civic, high school, faith-based or other type of group volunteer, please complete a volunteer application or email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org to get on our email list to receive volunteer information as it becomes available. Click here for the group volunteer application. Individual volunteers may complete an application here.

Food Sorters – East Haven – Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting a variety of donated food and products at the East Haven warehouse Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, and afternoons Monday through Thursday from 1:00AM to 3:00PM. Volunteers must be able to stand for the full their full work shift, be able to lift/carry 30-35 pounds, be able to follow simple instructions and be able to remain focused on the project at hand for the duration of the shift. Ongoing weekly commitments are desired. Small groups (5-10 people) are welcome on a one time or repeating basis. Email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org to determine date availability. Court ordered individuals with no felonies on their record are accepted with a minimum requirement of 20 hours.

Kids’ BackPack Delivery Assistant – Fairfield – The Connecticut Food Bank seeks a volunteer who can safely assist with loading/unloading 35-pound boxes of food and help transfer the boxes inside participating schools. Some lifting, carrying and stairs may be involved. This is an ongoing weekly commitment throughout the school year. One volunteer is needed for each day, Monday through Thursday, each week. The volunteers will ride on a Connecticut Food Bank truck with our driver and depart from our Fairfield warehouse, 74 Linwood Avenue, at 8:30AM and return to the warehouse at approximately 3:00PM. The time commitment is approximately 8:30AM to 3:00PM.

Mail Processors Needed in East Haven and Wallingford for fall and winter – Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting, opening and processing mail. The selected volunteers must be willing to complete the training and initial weeks of this opportunity at the Connecticut Food Bank’s current East Haven location and be willing to move with the organization to our new facility in Wallingford in late October. Volunteers are needed for Monday through Thursday mornings for 3- to 4-hour shifts. Volunteers may have their choice of day(s) until each shift is filled. A minimum five-month commitment is required for this opportunity, which coincides with our busiest mail season.

Kids’ BackPack Delivery Assistant – East Haven and Wallingford – The Connecticut Food Bank seeks a volunteer who can safely assist with loading/unloading 35-pound boxes of food, and help transfer the boxes inside schools participating in the program. Some lifting, carrying and stairs may be involved. This is an ongoing weekly commitment through the entire school year. One volunteer is needed for each day Tuesday through Thursday. The volunteer will ride on a Connecticut Food Bank truck with our driver and depart from our East Haven warehouse at 8:30AM until the organization moves to Wallingford. The departure will then be from the Wallingford facility, just off I-91, at exit 15. The time commitment is approximately 8:30AM to 3:00PM Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Data Entry Volunteers – East Haven and Wallingford – Volunteers are needed to help with data entry weekdays at our East Haven location. The volunteer will enter data into an existing database. Available shifts are 9:00AM to noon or 1:00PM to 4:00PM Mondays through Thursdays, or Fridays from 9:00AM to noon. A 5 month commitment is required. Volunteers will be trained and begin working at our current East Haven location and must be willing to move with the organization to our new Wallingford location when the move is made in the late fall.

Food Transfer Assistant – Bridgeport – The Connecticut Food Bank needs two (2) adult volunteers who can safely unload and transfer boxes of food from Connecticut Food Bank trucks and move it into three Bridgeport food-serving agencies on the third Friday of every month, starting in September. The deliveries occur between 9:00AM and 11:30AM. The delivery sites are Barnum House, the Stratfield apartments and Clifford House. The food is then distributed to senior citizens throughout our Fairfield county service area. A minimum six-month commitment is requested.

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