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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your day of volunteering.
COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE: We are not accepting court-ordered community service volunteers at this time. Questions about court ordered service can be directed to Phoebe Kitson-Davis at email@example.com or 610-873-6000.
SCHOOL/PROJECT COMMUNITY SERVICE: Please click here to complete the online application for school/project volunteering. Questions about school/project volunteering please contact Phoebe Kitson-Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-873-6000.
Kitchen volunteering will be on winter hiatus December 23- early February. Check back after the holidays for an updated winter volunteering schedule.
KitchenVolunteers, 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 (as the kitchen is not temperature controlled) and wear closed toe shoes.
MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS
We partner with Meal on Wheels of Chester County to provide healthy balanced meals for homebound seniors. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals and provide a friendly visit to a senior. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver meals, please click here to register with Meals on Wheels.(Delivering volunteers are organized through Meals on Wheels and NOT the Food Bank.)
- 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.
(April – December, weather dependent) 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). If you are interested in volunteering as group for the 2015 growing season, please contact Anne Shuniak at 610-873-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pete’s Produce & Farm | Saturday 12/13
1001 Westtown Rd., West Chester
Click here for dates & to register to volunteer at Pete’s Farm.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Phoebe Kitson-Davis, at email@example.com or 610-873-6000.