Volunteers are the life of The Foodbank! If you are flexible, and can volunteer Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, we would love to have you! Corporate and school groups are always welcome, as well.
To schedule a volunteer shift at The Foodbank, please contact Lizz Kelly at 461-0265 x 33 or email LKelly@thefoodbankdayton.org. Because the Foodbank is a warehouse, you must be at least 14 years old to volunteer and be accompanied by an adult. We ask that all volunteers wear closed-toe shoes for safety.
Donation Repack- When we receive food drives, volunteers sort through the boxes and canned goods. Food drives happen all year round, but two times a year (May and end of the year) we receive large donations.
Good-to-Go Backpacks- Each week during the school year, volunteers build 1,000 packs full of food. These packs are then given to schools and agencies, who in turn, give them to children they see have a hunger need. The children receive them on Friday to sustain them through the weekend.
Bakery Sort- Volunteers sort through bakery we receive from stores, getting rid of the bad and putting it on shelves.
Produce Sort- When produce is received from grocery stores, it comes in all conditions. Volunteers sort through the produce, separating fruits from vegetables and separating good from bad. There is some lifting of boxes in doing this task.
Mobile Farmer’s Markets- The Foodbank goes out to various host sites (mainly in Greene County, a couple in Montgomery County) and gives out produce to those in need. Volunteers help fill out paperwork and help pass out food.
Special Activities- The Foodbank has various one-time opportunities to help with a project which can last for a day to a month. For example, we received a large donation of cans of the same product that needed labels taped on them before we could give them to our member agencies (i.e. food pantries).
Foodbank Farming Friends (Seasonal)- The Foodbank is looking for volunteers who aren’t afraid of a little hard work. We are teaming up with local farms who want to give back to the community. The farms are donating fruits and vegetables gleaned by volunteers like you! Since harvests are unpredictable, we are looking for volunteers who would be able to pick fruits and vegetables with 24 to 48 hours’ notice.