Last year, more than 5,000 volunteers joined the Food Bank family, sharing 61,000 hours of their time. We have several ways you can join us—you or your group are sure to find an opportunity that fits your schedule and interests.
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For more information on these and other opportunities, email us at VolOps@pittsburghfoodbank.org or call 412-745-7600.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is working together with Giant Eagle to raise funds and collect our most needed items at 60 store locations in our region. You can help make this drive a success and provide literally tons of food to your neighbors in need. We are in need of volunteers to be on-site at select Giant Eagle locations on weekends to help inspire people to donate!
Each year, Peoples Gas Holiday Market transforms Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh into a winter wonderland, featuring dozens of vendors and a unique array of gifts and collectibles. The Food Bank participates in the market by running Santa’s House. Visitors to Santa’s House can share their wish list with Santa and receive a voucher for a free photo with Santa as a thank-you for a suggested donation to the Food Bank.
Family Volunteer Day is a donation based volunteer event that has been designed specifically for our younger volunteers (Ages 6 to 12) and their families. We ask for a $30 donation per family, up to five people, to participate. Family Volunteer Day takes place at our warehouse in Duquesne, PA. The Food Bank holds four Family Volunteer Day events each year and there are two sessions per day. The first session is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the second session is from 11:00 a.m. to noon. After each shift we invite families to come on a tour of the Food Bank’s facility. The tour is designed to help children understand what food insecurity looks like and what they can do to continue to help their neighbors in need.
The Repack Center is located in our main warehouse facility right in Duquesne, PA. This is a great opportunity to see the Food Bank’s main facility and learn more about the scale of our work in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Volunteers at our Repack Center are charged with sorting and repackaging both perishable and non-perishable products. Many of the items that arrive at the Food Bank are in bulk packaging or are mixed with unlike items. Repack Center volunteers help us ready our product for distribution by separating the food into like categories or repackaging bulk items into family-sized portions. The Repack Center is open Monday through Friday most weeks. Shifts are from 9:00 am to noon or from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. This is also the volunteer opportunity that allows us to engage groups larger than 20 people. Volunteers must be more than 12 years old to participate in this activity. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Produce to People is our large-scale produce distribution that serves anywhere from 350 families to 800 families in 1.5 or 2 hours. Volunteers at Produce to People are distributing fresh food directly to our neighbors in need. Volunteers help set up the distribution, serve customers during the distribution, and help clean up after the event is completed. Produce to People is a chance to serve residents in one of Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods as you distribute 35-50 pounds of fresh food to each family. There are 7 Produce to People distributions in Allegheny County and 18 others throughout the Food Bank’s service area. Volunteers must be more than 12 years old to participate in this activity. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Gleaning is a chance for volunteers to rescue produce from local farms that would otherwise go to waste. Volunteers join Food Bank staff at participating local farms to help pick leftover produce after the farmers are done with harvesting. Volunteers as young as seven can participate in a glean. The minimum requirements are that volunteers be able to lift 20 pounds and are able to work in the field for the full three hours. Gleans are not pre-planned events and usually take place with only a couple of days notice. Gleans happen on both the weekdays and weekends from June through December during the growing season. To get notified about gleaning opportunities, sign up for our Glean Alert emails HERE.
Clerical Support volunteer opportunities are very broad. Volunteers are often connected to one of the Food Bank’s departments and work directly with our staff to complete projects. The skills that are involved with clerical tasks range from general office work like filing or folding letters to assisting people with SNAP (food stamp benefits) sign-ups. The flexibility in the volunteer position and the commitment from both volunteers and Food Bank staff varies greatly depending on the project. Volunteers must be more than 12 years old to participate in this activity. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. To learn more about upcoming Clerical Support projects, and how you can use your unique skills to serve alongside us, we ask that you contact our volunteer team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-745-7600.