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).
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.
Volunteer Needs – Thanksgiving
Thanks to the many volunteers who have signed up to help at the various Thanksgiving season food drives. We have been blessed with many volunteers willing to help and are no longer in need of additional volunteers for the Thanksgiving season events.
All regular warehouse and Kids’ BackPack volunteer sessions for the week of November 25-3o have been cancelled as we complete our major agency distribution. We will be back to normal volunteer shift on Dec. 2.
Connecticut Food Bank provides bulk food supplies to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and adult and child daycare centers. Our job is to deliver food to these programs before the holiday, therefore, we are not open on Thanksgiving, nor do we prepare, serve or deliver meals.
East Haven 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. 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.
Tuesdays 4 - 5:30 p.m. and 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 4 – 5:30 p.m. and 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Office work volunteers needed
We are in need of some office volunteers at our East Haven location (150 Bradley Street) to assist with proof reading/folding and stuffing letters from 1 to 4 p.m.
weekdays through January. Volunteers are welcome to do one or more days per week.
Data entry volunteers needed:
We are in need of data entry volunteers at our East Haven location on M, W, Th & Fri afternoons from 1:30-4 p.m. Previous computer experience required. Accuracy is more important than speed. Volunteers are welcome to do one or more days per week.
Ongoing Volunteer Needs
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 – see above.
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 morethan 650 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.