Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions
Our Food Bank distributes 2.2 million pounds of groceries a month thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers. Repack involves inspecting, sorting, and repacking both donated and purchased groceries in our warehouse. Repack is also a great place for groups to schedule for a whole or half-day volunteer event. Ask for details from one of our Volunteer coordinators by email or call (412) 460-3663, ext. 301.
Produce to People (year-round):
This project gives volunteers a chance to work directly with families and gain a greater understanding of the food insecurity that exists in our very own communities. Produce to People distributes up to 30,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables and other grocery items every Saturday and bimonthly on Thursday evenings. Volunteers help unload products from trucks, set up distribution lines, and help elderly individuals carry their groceries. For more information on how you can get involved with Produce to People you must contact one of our Volunteer coordinators. Email the volunteer team or call at (412) 460-3663, ext. 301.
NOTE: Volunteers must schedule prior to attending any distributions.
Special Events (year-round):
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank coordinates and supports a unique variety of special events throughout the year. From the Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival to the Penguins Foundation Assist Raffle, hundreds of volunteers ensure the success of various events. If you’d like to receive alerts regarding upcoming special event volunteer opportunities, sign-up for our special events email campaign. Special Events are a great option for those with limited time to give back!
Gleaning (July - November):
Enjoy a few hours on a working farm while helping to feed hungry people in our region. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank needs your help to glean, or harvest, fresh fruits and vegetables at local family farms. Gleans last about 3 hours, and take place weekdays, Saturdays, and weekday evenings from July through November. The Food Bank provides training, tools, water and snacks – volunteers need to provide their own transportation to the farms.
We glean at farms near Cranberry, Mars, Wexford, Evans City, Gibsonia, Butler, Beaver Falls, Bridgeville, and Indiana County. There's sure to be a farm convenient for you! We welcome individuals, families with children ages 7+, or groups ages 12+.
Ready to get out in the fields? Sign up for our volunteer emails and include “gleaning” as an interest. We'll send you alerts when the crops are ready to be picked. For more information about our Gleaning program, visit the Urban Agriculture Web page.
Volunteer Age Requirements:
Age 4+ (w/adult):
Fall Food Share Food Drive
Age 7+ (w/adult): Gleaning
Age 12+ (w/adult): Repack, Clerical, Produce to People, Some Food Drives
Age 15+: Empty Bowls
Age 18+: Blues Festival