Volunteers Make a Difference
Volunteers are vital to the work of the Food Bank. Increasingly, more and more of volunteer work takes place outside the walls of the Food Bank, at businesses, schools, faith communities and in neighborhoods just like yours.
Right now, more than 68,000 people rely every month on the Food Bank's network of food pantries and meal sites to fill in the gaps in their food supply. One in three served is a child under the age of 18.
Volunteering in the Community
We need everyone's help if we are to continue distributing nearly 10 million pounds of food each year. Here are just a few ideas:
- Organize a food drive: click here for helpful ideas.
- Advocate for hungry Rhode Islanders: click here to find out how.
- Organize a benefit event for the Food Bank: click here for suggestions.
- Join Women Ending Hunger: click here for more information.
Volunteering at the Food Bank
Currently, all in-house food-sorting positions for individuals who wish to help on a weekly basis are occupied by dedicated volunteers who have supported our work for many years.
We have limited openings for corporate, religious or civic groups of up to 20 volunteers.
Depending on our schedule, we may be able to provide community service hours to high school or college students. However, we are no longer accepting court-ordered community service applicants. Please contact Serve RI for a list of court-ordered opportunities.
All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and wear closed-toe shoes.
If you would like additional information on our volunteer programs, contact our Volunteer and Special Events Manager, Kelly Seigh, at (401) 230-1679 or via email.
Volunteering at a Food Bank Member Agency
The Food Bank's network of 250 member agency programs relies on volunteers to help our neighbors in need. See below for member agencies currently recruiting volunteers. If you would like to contact an agency near you to donate your time, click here for a list of our member agencies by zip code.