Volunteers are an integral part to the operation of the Chester County Food Bank. From individuals to corporations, each person and every volunteered hour makes an impact on our mission to feed and nourish our community. Whether you want to dig in at one of our partnering farms or gardens, be an ambassador at community events, be hands on in our warehouse, or assist the office team, we’d love to have you or your group volunteer with us!
Volunteer opportunities are available year round, however, our need does vary based on season, weather, inventory and program schedules. Ongoing opportunities are listed below, posted on our Facebook page or you can receive notifications by signing up for our volunteer email list. Signing up for the email list does not sign you up for a task.
We are located at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton (Eagleview Corporate Center).
AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Below (in green) are volunteer opportunities that have open registrations for individuals. Volunteer spots are limited. Please register for a volunteer slot using the link below for Sign Up Genius. Walk-in volunteers cannot be accommodated. All volunteers must be registered for a current and open volunteer spot.
GROUP VOLUNTEERS: If you would like to volunteer as a group (four or more people), please click here to complete the online group volunteer request form. (Click here for a downloadable PDF). Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age (16+ for kitchen volunteers). For children under 12, we offer tours of the Food Bank. Please see details about tours at the bottom of this page. Contact Anne Shuniak, community engagement & marketing manager at email@example.com to discuss your day of volunteering.
COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE | SCHOOL/PROJECT COMMUNITY SERVICE: Please click here to complete the online application for court ordered and school/project required community service. Questions about court ordered or school volunteering? Contact Phoebe Kitson-Davis (program manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-873-6000.
- Monday – Friday | 9a-12
Afternoon shifts: Tuesday – Thursday | 1-4p
We have morning and afternoon shifts available for those interested in volunteering in our commercial kitchen. Volunteers, who must be at least 16 years old, will assist with processing and repacking food and fresh produce. No prior experience necessary. Please dress comfortably and wear closed toe shoes.
- Monday – Friday
Office volunteers help answer phones, greet volunteers and guests of the Food Bank, and complete basic office work like data entry, filing and mailings. Office volunteers must have good telephone skills, computer literate with basic knowledge of MS Word and Excel and a friendly personality. Office volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to commit 2 hours. Click here to view office volunteers shifts and to register.
If you are interested in volunteering in our office at other times not posted (Monday – Friday, 9a – 4p), please email email@example.com with your available dates and times.
Dig in and harvest for the hungry at one of our farm partners or community gardens. Volunteers will help our staff farmers plant, maintain and harvest produce for our partnering food agencies. Green thumbs are not required. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age (under 16 accompanied by an adult). This is farm work, so please dress accordingly and come prepared to get dirty.
- Pete’s Produce & Farm | Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
1001 Westtown Rd., West Chester
Click here for dates & to register to volunteer at Pete’s Farm.
- Sankanac CSA | Saturday, Oct. 25
1731 French Creek Rd., Phoenixville
Click here for dates & to register to volunteer at Sankanac CSA
- Springton Manor Farm
860 Springton Rd., Glenmoore
Click here for dates and to register to volunteer at Springton Manor Farm.
- Charlestown Farm | Wednesday, October 8
2565 Charlestown Rd., Phoenixville
Click here for dates and to register to volunteer at Charlestown Farm.
- Vollmecke Orchards & CSA | Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
155 Cedar Knoll Rd., Coatesville
Click here to register to volunteer at Vollmecke CSA
RAISED BED GARDEN VOLUNTEERS
Dig in and harvest for the hungry at one of our raised bed gardens. Volunteers will help our staff and garden partners plant, water, weed, maintain the gardens and harvest produce for our partnering food agencies. Green thumbs are not required. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. This is garden work, so please dress accordingly and come prepared to get dirty.
- Garden Build at East Ward Elem. | Oct 29 | 1-4p
BREAD DONATION ALLOCATION VOLUNTEER
We are in need of weekday morning volunteers to allocate donations at Entenmann’s Bakery Retail Store in Exton (corner of Rt. 30 & Ship Road). You will pack donated breads, bagels, and (limited) baked goods for the scheduled agencies. Contact Phoebe Kitson-Davis with questions at 610-873-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the year the Food Bank participates in events whether as a community partner, beneficiary or social service. Volunteers are needed to assist with tasks such as representing the Food Bank or being a part of the action helping with day of activities. Event volunteer opportunities will be listed here by event name.
Food drives are always needed especially through the winter and summer months. They are also a great way to give but on your own time. Every bit of food helps us to feed our neighbors in need, so consider buying extra when you do your shopping or hosting a larger drive in your neighborhood or workplace. Click here to read more about hosting a food drive, email email@example.com or call Anne Shuniak at 610-873-6000.
By signing up for our volunteer email list, you will be notified of upcoming and immediate volunteer needs. Volunteer spots are limited and registration with one of the above listed events is required. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate ‘walk-in’ volunteers. (If you are unable to access the above link, simply email Anne Shuniak with your name, email and phone and you will be added to the list.)
FOOD BANK TOURS
We encourage all ages to participate in our efforts to help our Chester County neighbors in need. If you are interested in a guided tour of the Food Bank please contact Program Manager Phoebe Kitson-Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-873-6000.