July 9, 2020 - Foodbank welcomes back volunteers
After months of missing our dedicated and hardworking volunteers, we’re excited to announce that Foodbank volunteer opportunities resumed on a limited basis on July 6, 2020. Please make note, at this time we’re able to accommodate adult and corporate groups of no more than 10 people. We cannot accommodate youth groups, however minors, ages 10 and up, can volunteer with a guardian.
Volunteer opportunities will look slightly different than before to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, as safety is our utmost priority. We require volunteers to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, wash their hands before beginning a shift, and stay home if experiencing any symptoms or if COVID-19 exposure has occurred. Volunteers will be spread out throughout the volunteer center to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Currently, we’re inviting volunteers back to the facility:
- Monday-Friday for individuals from 8:30am-3:30pm with a break for cleaning from 12:30pm-1:30pm.
- Monday-Friday for groups from 9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:30pm.
- First and third Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
- Saturdays from 8:30am-11am.
- We’re actively recruiting volunteers for the Neighborhood Distribution, held the second and fourth Thursday from 1:30pm-4:30pm in July and August.
To promote a safe experience, space is limited for all volunteer opportunities. To ensure a space is open, it is important for all volunteers to sign up for a time slot prior to arrival.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank!
1 in 7 individuals in our area is food insecure. Here at the Foodbank, we are helping to improve the lives of those in our community facing hunger, but we can’t do it alone. Join us in the fight against hunger today!
Our normal volunteer hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm. A typical volunteer shift lasts two hours.
Please note, you must be at least 10 years old to volunteer. Youth volunteers age 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Volunteers have a hands-on experience sorting, inspecting, relabeling or repackaging donated food.
Volunteers assist with filing, computer data entry, mailings and other essential administrative duties.
Nights & Weekends
Warehouse volunteer opportunities are available on Saturday mornings, 8:30am-11:00am (except holiday weekends) and on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month, 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Volunteers have a hands-on experience loading and unloading groceries and assisting clients at monthly onsite food distributions.
Volunteers assist with events, activities, campaigns and food drives throughout the year.
Do you have a special skill or interest that you would like to utilize? Fill out the Areas of Experience section of your volunteer profile or add details to your Notes section. We will contact you for roles that fit your skillset.
We've created a simple two-step process that will help you register to volunteer, and find the volunteer opportunity that best fits your schedule.
First Time Volunteers
Individuals can create an account by completing the appropriate application below.
Once your account has been created, log in to our Volunteer Information Center to self-schedule your volunteer opportunity at the Foodbank.
Please note, if you are volunteering as part of a group, you will find them listed on the calendar once you sign in below.
FIRST TIME bringing A GROUP
Please complete the group request form below. A Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to confirm your group’s volunteer activity.
If you have already completed a group application and volunteered in the past, please contact the appropriate Volunteer Coordinator listed below.
Corporate Groups: Please contact Samantha Shallenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.777.1061.
Organizations, churches and school groups: Please contact Tasha Ledrich at email@example.com or 330.777.1065.
SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.
Please note that open-toed shoes and jewelry are not permitted in our warehouse when handling food. Thank you for your cooperation!
Questions about volunteering? Please contact our volunteer department at 330.535.6900.