Edmonton's Food Bank is committed to providing a safe working environment and effective safety measures remain in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Measures including wearing a mask, practicing hand hygiene and physical distancing when possible help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Food Bank Buildings and these requirements remain in effect.
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The Gift of Time
"There would be no Food Bank without our volunteers."
Marjorie Bencz, Executive Director
Hampers built each month by volunteers
Volunteering at Edmonton's Food Bank
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Food hampers need to be delivered to 66 community food depots throughout the city where clients receive their hampers. Our drivers also pick up donated food from food industry partners, corporate donors, and the public. Drivers also support community food drives by dropping off supplies. On-site training and orientation is provided.
QualificationsMinimum age: 21 yearsClass 5 Drivers license and Clean Drivers Abstract (Must provide drivers abstract and receive approval from our insurance provider prior to driving Food Bank vehicles)Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working with the publicCapable of working in a team environmentGood time management skillsReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticComfortable working in a warehouse settingAble to lift a minimum of 15 kg (33 lbs)Able to operate a manual pallet jack (On site training provided)Good physical health as lifting, bending, loading, and unloading will be involved
Edmonton's Food Bank supports over 300 different agencies, churches, and food depots in Edmonton. Volunteers support agencies while they are in the warehouse accessing food resources. This support includes assisting with loading, helping to track inbound and outbound food weights, and keeping the area clean.
QualificationsMinimum age: 18 yearsExcellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoys working with the publicCapable of working in a team environmentReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticAble to operate a manual pallet jack (On site training provided)Good physical health as lifting and bending may be required
In 2022, almost 6 million kilograms of food was donated to or gleaned by Edmonton's Food Bank. Sorters are responsible for going through all non-perishable donations and checking the condition of the packaging and the best before dates. Once the food is checked, it is organized and stored appropriately to be brought to the hamper line or agency row. On-site training and orientation is provided.
QualificationsMinimum age: 14 yearsMature and able to work with minimal supervisionEnjoy working as a team, with our volunteers and staff, in a busy environmentAttention to detailReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticComfortable working in a warehouse settingGood physical health as lifting and bending may be required
Some food items are purchased or donated in bulk and require repackaging into individual or family size portions. Volunteers help with repackaging food product, which is then placed on our hamper line for distribution. This is done with strict adherence to the quality control guidelines of Edmonton’s Food Bank and Alberta Health Services. Training and orientation will be provided.
QualificationsEnjoy routine tasks with minimal supervisionEnjoy working as a team, with our volunteers and staff, in a busy environmentReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticComfortable working in a warehouse setting
Generic Hamper Builder
Generic hamper makers prepare the starter kits, which are the base of each food hamper leaving the Food Bank. Volunteers refer to a list of non-perishable food items to build the boxes. Once completed, they stack and move the pallet to the hamper line to complete the food orders. On-site training and orientation is provided.
QualificationsGood communication and interpersonal skillsEnjoy working in a team setting with other volunteers and staffMust be mature and able to work with minimal supervisionReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticComfortable working in a warehouse settingGood physical health as lifting and bending may be required
Hamper Line (Food Hamper Maker)
Hamper Makers complete the food hampers by adding additional perishable and non-perishable food to the “Starter Kit”. At this time, special attention is paid to dietary requests as well requests for special items such as toiletries or dish soap based on availability. The volume of hampers must be recorded and hampers must be accurately labelled for delivery to the client and/or food depot. On-site training and orientation is provided.
QualificationsMinimum age: 14 yearsGood communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working with the publicCapable of working in a team environmentMature and able to work with minimal supervisionAttention to detailGood time management skillsReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticComfortable working in a warehouse settingGood physical health as lifting a minimum of 15 kg (33 lbs) and bending may be required
Lead Volunteer - Warehouse
Our amazing volunteers contributed more than 118,000 hours to our work in 2022. Edmonton’s Food Bank relies heavily on volunteers to assist with warehouse duties such as sorting food donations, repackaging food, building food hampers, and organizing and cleaning the warehouse. The lead volunteer is an important role that assists with the training and engagement of new volunteers in the warehouse acting as an extension of our staff team. Lead volunteers will receive training and direction for proper warehouse procedures and guidelines from a staff coordinator.
QualificationsMinimum age: 16 yearsMust have a minimum of 30 volunteer hours and 2 months of volunteer experience in the Edmonton Food Bank warehouseAble to work 3 hour shiftsUnderstands the processes and complexities of Edmonton’s Food BankEnjoy working as a team, with our volunteers and staff, in a busy environmentAble to work with minimal supervisionReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticGood physical health as lifting a minimum of 15 kg (33 lbs) and bending may be required
The responsibility of a Client Services volunteer is to assist clients with their request for a food hamper by conducting intake interviews by telephone or in person. Information and referrals to community resources such as Collective Kitchens, Beyond Food Programming, Food Co-ops, etc. are also provided. Volunteers also maintain accurate records of client information and hamper orders on the computer database. On-site training and orientation is provided.
QualificationsMinimum age: 18 yearsNon-judgemental with good listening skillsAbility to work as a teamAbility to work at a computer and do detailed administrative workReliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empatheticNo lifting required. Work is typically seated at a computer.
Special event volunteers are ambassadors for Edmonton’s Food Bank, representing the organization to the public, communicating our needs, and encouraging donations to support our work. They help set up resources at food drives, information booths, and a variety of community events. Depending on the event, volunteers collect non-perishable food and monetary donations, sell tickets for raffles or 50/50s, engage with the public, and share information about the work of Edmonton’s Food Bank. In some cases, volunteers also assist loading our trucks with food donations. There is also the opportunity to make appearances as Fill-Up, our mascot. While there are some events during daytime hours Monday to Friday, most of our special events are in the evening and on weekends.
QualificationsOutgoing, with good communication and interpersonal skills, and is comfortable in social settings or in large groups of peopleComfortable collecting food and/or monetary donationsWillingness to become familiar with the Food Bank and its operations, the clients we serve, and the services we provideEnjoys working in a team environment at various locationsPunctual and reliableTrustworthy and empatheticGood physical health as lifting and bending may be required
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