Volunteering: Sort, Pack, Stack

Sort, Pack, Stack. Some of the things to expect when volunteering.

All Feeding America food banks utilize volunteers. Quite simply, our work can only be accomplished with the help that volunteers provide.

We are grateful to the more than 2 million individuals who turn the ordinary tasks of sorting food, stocking shelves and packing boxes into the extraordinary work of helping to feed the 46 million Americans—including 12 million children and more than 7 million older adults—struggling with hunger.

Sort, Pack, Stack and Make a Difference

Sorting, packing and stacking are essential volunteer tasks at food banks around the country. However, many food banks offer opportunities to put your special skill to work as well. From graphic design to gardening, from fork-lift operating to filing, your area of expertise could help your local food bank get more food to neighbors in need.

Hands-On Volunteering:

  • Volunteers sort donated food and grocery items or repack these products into individual sized bags or boxes. These tasks are essential to the food bank’s day to day operations.
  • Special volunteer opportunities may be available at your local food bank and could include attending a mobile pantry distribution or packing specialty items such as backpacks or emergency food boxes.

Skills-Based Volunteering:

Volunteers share their skills, knowledge, talents or professional expertise to create long-lasting outcomes for people in need.

  • Typically, skills-based activities are on-going, deepen your connection to the food bank and tend to involve fewer employees.
  • Although food bank needs vary, example skills-based volunteer opportunities include:
    • Clerical
    • Communications
    • Data entry
    • Development
    • Donor relations
    • Drivers
    • Electrician
    • Event planning
    • Filing
    • Forklift certified drivers
    • Gardening
    • Graphic design
    • Logistics
    • Marketing
    • Nutrition educators
    • Painting and construction
    • Photographers
    • Plumbing
    • Receptionist
    • Social media
    • Speakers bureau
    • Website design

Find your local food bank to learn about volunteer opportunities in your area.


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