Volunteer

Volunteering reduces stress, keeps you physically active and is a way to meet other great people. It is also a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions!

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The Gift of Time

"There would be no Food Bank without our volunteers."
Marjorie Bencz, Executive Director

Individual Volunteers

1,642

Volunteer Hours

85,240

Hampers built each month by volunteers

20,000

Volunteering at Edmonton's Food Bank

It all starts with you ....

Volunteering at Edmonton's Food Bank

It all starts with you ....

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Volunteer Positions

  • Driver

    Description

    Food hampers need to be delivered to approximately 47 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.

    Qualifications

    Minimum age: 21 years
    Class 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 public
    Capable of working in a team environment
    Good time management skills
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    Comfortable working in a warehouse setting
    Able 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
  • Agency Row

    Description

    Edmonton's Food Bank supports over 250 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.

    Qualifications

    Minimum age: 18 years
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoys working with the public
    Capable of working in a team environment
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    Able to operate a manual pallet jack (On site training provided)
    Good physical health as lifting and bending may be required
  • Sorter

    Description

    In 2018, over 4 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.

    Qualifications

    Minimum age: 14 years
    Mature and able to work with minimal supervision
    Enjoy working as a team, with our volunteers and staff, in a busy environment
    Attention to detail
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    Comfortable working in a warehouse setting
    Good physical health as lifting and bending may be required
  • Repackager

    Description

    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.

    Qualifications

    Enjoy routine tasks with minimal supervision
    Enjoy working as a team, with our volunteers and staff, in a busy environment
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    Comfortable working in a warehouse setting
  • Generic Hamper Builder

    Description

    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.

    Qualifications

    Good communication and interpersonal skills
    Enjoy working in a team setting with other volunteers and staff
    Must be mature and able to work with minimal supervision
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    Comfortable working in a warehouse setting
    Good physical health as lifting and bending may be required
  • Hamper Line (Food Hamper Maker)

    Description

    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.

    Qualifications

    Minimum age: 14 years
    Good communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working with the public
    Capable of working in a team environment
    Mature and able to work with minimal supervision
    Attention to detail
    Good time management skills
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    Comfortable working in a warehouse setting
    Good physical health as lifting a minimum of 15 kg (33 lbs) and bending may be required
  • Lead Volunteer - Warehouse

    Description

    Our amazing volunteers contributed more than 85,200 hours to our work in 2018. 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.

    Qualifications

    Minimum age: 16 years
    Must have a minimum of 30 volunteer hours and 2 months of volunteer experience in the Edmonton Food Bank warehouse
    Able to work 3 hour shifts
    Understands the processes and complexities of Edmonton’s Food Bank
    Enjoy working as a team, with our volunteers and staff, in a busy environment
    Able to work with minimal supervision
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    Good physical health as lifting a minimum of 15 kg (33 lbs) and bending may be required
  • Client Services

    Description

    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.

    Qualifications

    Minimum age: 18 years
    Non-judgemental with good listening skills
    Ability to work as a team
    Ability to work at a computer and do detailed administrative work
    Reliable, trustworthy, patient, punctual, and empathetic
    No lifting required. Work is typically seated at a computer.
  • Special Events

    Description

    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.

    Qualifications

    Outgoing, with good communication and interpersonal skills, and is comfortable in social settings or in large groups of people
    Comfortable collecting food and/or monetary donations
    Willingness to become familiar with the Food Bank and its operations, the clients we serve, and the services we provide
    Enjoys working in a team environment at various locations
    Punctual and reliable
    Trustworthy and empathetic
    Good physical health as lifting and bending may be required
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Join our volunteer team!

Research confirms what we already know! Volunteering contributes to good mental & physical health, happiness, increased self-confidence, and a sense of purpose.

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