Volunteer : FAQ
Learn more here about volunteering with The Greater Boston Food Bank, and how you can play your critical role in ending hunger in our community.
- Most volunteers work in our warehouse, inspecting, sorting, and packing food and grocery products.
- All volunteers are familiarized with GBFB - what we do and who we serve - and are trained at the beginning of their volunteer shift. Volunteers then work together as a team on an assembly line, possibly alongside other groups.
- Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, some inspect or sort products, and others check and label boxes. While a few of these tasks require the ability to lift a 30-pound box, most tasks require only that a volunteer stand and inspect products for a few hours.
- Administrative support - For projects that arise in every department, volunteers can help with data entry, mailings, filing, and telephone follow-ups. A minimum commitment of three hours per visit is required.
Absolutely! We are more than happy to have individuals come in during our regular shifts to volunteer with us. All volunteers must complete an application and set up a time on our online calender. Click here for our online application.
We can take individuals and groups of up to 50 people. Any group of five or more people must be scheduled ahead of time. Groups of four or less are treated as individual volunteers.
For the majority of the year we ask for a month or two of notice, however in the holiday season we are often completely booked many months in advance. We can book up to a year in advance - so feel free to contact us early by filling out a volunteer application form or emailing us at email@example.com.
Yes, we accept both court ordered and school required community service volunteers. However individual approval is required. View GBFB's required service details on our Individual Volunteer application.
All volunteers MUST wear closed-toed shoes in order to volunteer. You should wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty, as our product can be dusty at times. The warehouse tends to be chilly in the winter and hot in the summer, so layered clothing is suggested. Volunteers work around machinery so loose hanging items (such as longer necklaces) should be avoided and long hair pulled back.
All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Also, all volunteers under 18 require an adult chaperone. For children as young as 10, who want to volunteer alongside their families or friends, we run a "Kids Who Care" program.
Due to safety regulations we have to evaluate all situations individually, but we are happy to try and accommodate special needs. To discuss your needs, please contact the Volunteer Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-427-5200 ext. 5096.
Because each volunteer shift includes training, individuals and groups must commit to at least a three-hour block of time. There is no long-term commitment required.
Individuals and Groups are welcome to volunteer on a regular basis, but must schedule their visits with the Volunteer Department in advance.
Yes, we do have a small parking lot for visitors' and volunteers' cars. Buses are able to park close by at the South Bay Shopping Center.
The Greater Boston Food Bank only offers volunteer opportunities at our warehouse, located at 70 South Bay Avenue, in the South Boston area (click here for details). Yet, some of our individual and group volunteers also want to volunteer directly in their hometowns. We suggest using our assistance locater (click here for details) to find a local food agency in your area. You can contact them directly with questions about volunteering at their location. Every agency is independent from The Food Bank and has its own policies and volunteer requirements.