Become a Food Finders Food Bank Volunteer Today!

Volunteer 

Volunteers help Food Finders to sort donations, pass out food at Mobile Pantry distributions, assist with office functions, and more.

Click here to check out our full schedule of volunteer opportunities.

Why should I volunteer at Food Finders?

Volunteers are truly a part of our team at Food Finders Food Bank. Without volunteers we would not be able to serve over 4,000 backpacks to children in need each week. We would not be able to distribute thousands of pounds of food at our Mobile Pantry locations. Without volunteers, we could not fight hunger in our 16 counties. Check out the videos below to see more of YOUR impact!

We Are Partners

Winona: Summer Food Service Program

Before Your First Volunteer Shift

Please print and sign our Volunteer Policy

Watch these instructional videos on sorting donations:

Food sorting: General Procedures
Food sorting: Commonly Confused Items
Food sorting: Unique Sorting Situations

At Your First Volunteer Shift

Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Tank tops, clothing with profane language, drug or alcohol references are not permitted. You will be asked to change if you are not wearing appropriate clothing or shoes.

Check in at the front office and ask for our Volunteer Coordinator to get you started.

Court Ordered Community Service

Food Finders offers court ordered community service opportunities on an as-needed basis. Please call our Volunteer Coordinator at Food Finders to talk about current openings and accepted charges.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN

Children 12 years and older are welcome to volunteer at our regular weekly volunteer times when accompanied by an adult. Children under 12 years old may consider helping with one of these off-site opportunities:
Hold a food or fund drive
Volunteer at special events for Food Finders (including Family Day)
Collect water bottles for our laundry soap project
Children 8 years and older are welcome to join us at our Families Feeding Families Volunteer Days on the second Saturday of the month. Please call for current openings. Pre-registration is required.

Please note: When volunteering with children please pay special attention to our safety rules and guidelines.

What Will I do as a volunteer?

Sort Non-Perishable Food Donations: Volunteers help to sort through salvage items such as non-perishable food items from grocery store and retail donations as well as food drive donations. You will help to inspect products for food possible safety issues and sort safe items into several categories so that the Food Bank can distribute them efficiently to those in need.

Sort Perishable Food Donations: Volunteers help to sort through bakery, produce, and frozen food donations from local stores. You will help to inspect items to ensure food safety and prepare them for distribution throughout the Food Bank’s service area.

Package Bulk Food Items: Food Finders organizes small to large groups of volunteers to help package bulk food items in to family-sized portions. Food Finders receives bulk food in quantities of 500 lbs. or more, volunteers repackage these items dressed in protective clothing provided by the food bank and prepare them for distribution through the Food Finders BackPack Program, Mobile Pantry Program, and Partner Agency Program.

Make Laundry Soap: At Food Finders, we make and bottle laundry soap for distribution. Volunteers help to create the soap, label bottles, and bottle the liquid for distribution.

Whistle Stop Distribution: Food Finders hosts several small-item mobile distributions throughout the week. Volunteers will help check people in, fill tables with food, distribution food directly to clients, and help clients through the line and to their vehicles. Volunteers also help with set up and clean up tasks.

Be a Virtual Volunteer: Not able to make it in to Food Finders to volunteer? Help spread the word about hunger from home and be a Virtual Volunteer! Click here and use these posts in your Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Spread the word about hunger

Send a letter to the editor of your local paper.
Tell your friends and family about the issue so they can spread the word.
Write your state and national legislators to show support for public policies that will eliminate hunger.

Host a Food Drive

Join together with your friends, co-workers or neighbors to host a food drive.
Work with church leaders to organize a food drive at your church.
Encourage family and friends to donate at special times for the family, such as birthdays and anniversaries, so that everyone may share in their joy.

Fun Food/Fund Drive Ideas

Offer a jeans day at your office for employees who bring in a food or fund donation
Place canned goods in your office cafeteria and allow employees to purchase items for Food Finders
Host Thrifty Thursday and ask people to donate store brand canned items
Organize a themed dinner food drive and ask people to bring non-perishable items for a specific meal
Hold a raffle at your office or school for guessing the weight of your food drive donations and donate the ticket funds to the food bank

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator