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.
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 food into like categories or repackaging bulk items into family sized portions.
The Repack Center is open Monday through Saturday most weeks. Shifts are from 9:00 am to noon or from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. On Saturdays shifts are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is also the volunteer opportunity that allows us to engage groups larger than 20 people.
Produce to People is our large scale produce distribution that serves anywhere from 250 families to over 1000 families in two 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 upwards of 30 pounds of fresh food to each family.
There are 7 Produce to People distributions in Allegheny County and 17 throughout the Food Bank’s service area so there is a good chance that we can find an opportunity close to home. Allegheny County Produce to People distributions take place on Saturday mornings or Thursday evenings so they are a popular evening and weekend opportunity.
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 harvesting. Volunteers as young as 7 can participate in gleans. 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. This is a great opportunity for younger volunteers to get involved in the Food Bank. Also, every pound of food that volunteers are able to collect from field is going to families in need rather than going to waste. The best way to get notified about gleaning opportunities is to sign up for our Glean Alert emails. You can sign up HERE to receive Glean Alerts.
Clerical Support volunteer opportunities are very broad. Volunteers are often embedded into 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 sign-ups. The flexibility in the volunteer position, and the commitment from both volunteers and Food Bank staff, varies greatly depending on the project. 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 email@example.com or call 412-745-7600.
Family Volunteer Day is a unique volunteer event that has been designed specifically for our younger volunteers. Family Volunteer Day takes place at our warehouse in Duquesne, PA. Children as young as 6 are able to participate in the project and we work to ensure that the volunteer project for that day is age appropriate. Volunteers who participate in Family Volunteer Day are always going to be working on a meaningful project that is going to help up ready our product for distribution out to our network of pantries or directly to our customers.
There are two shifts for Family Volunteer Day. The first is 9:30 am to 10:30 am and the second shift is from 11:00 am to noon. Between the two shifts 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 further the Food Bank’s mission to end hunger. You can sign up for Family Volunteer Day online HERE.
*Volunteers must be more than 12 years old to participate in most of our volunteer activities unless noted otherwise. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.