Volunteer FAQ

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about volunteering with the Food Bank.  If you still have questions, please contact us at volunteer@chestercountyfoodbank.org.

Yes, all volunteers must register for a volunteer event ahead of time. It is very helpful for us to know how many volunteers are registered so we can plan tasks and projects accordingly. Visit our online scheduling site to register and view the calendar of upcoming opportunities.

If you would like to volunteer as a group (five or more people), please click here to complete our online group volunteer request form. (or a downloadable PDF). Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age (under 16 must be accompanied by adult volunteers). Contact us at volunteer@chestercountyfoodbank.org to discuss your GROUP volunteering.

For safety purposes, the minimum age for volunteering is fourteen years of age. Volunteers under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To volunteer, please visit Get Involved.

We understand that things come up that require you to cancel. When you register you receive a confirmation email which includes a link to modify your registration.  You can also cancel through your registration profile that you can access through our online scheduling site. It is especially important to contact us if your group needs to cancel or reschedule. Contact Larken Kennedy directly if you need to cancel/reschedule your group volunteering.

No, you do not need to have an ongoing commitment for our volunteer opportunities. That being said, if you are interested in volunteering on a recurring schedule, please contact volunteer coordinator, Larken Kennedy.

Whether you are volunteering in our kitchen, warehouse or at a farm, dress comfortably and ready to work.

  • Closed toe shoes are required.
  • Dress for the season/weather. Our kitchen and warehouse are not temperature controlled and neither are the farms!
  • Shorts are permitted, but you must be able to bend, lift and squat.
  • Certain volunteers may be asked to lift up to 45 lbs. and/or use a pallet jack.
  • For kitchen volunteering, bring a clean baseball hat or bandana (hair nets are available).
  • It is best to not wear rings/jewelry that could come off while working.
  • We suggest leaving personal bags/purses in your vehicle.

Tips for volunteering at a farm or garden:

  • Hydration is key — bring water! Portable restrooms are located at each farm site.
  • Wear clothing and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty (closed toes, please!)
  • Bring along any essentials for outdoor work you might need (gloves, hat, sunblock, bug spray, etc.)
  • Don’t be a litter bug – please carry out any personal trash at the end of the workday

The majority of our volunteer opportunities are offered weekdays. During the peak of growing season (July – September), there are some evening and Saturday morning shifts available. Check out our online scheduling site for the complete volunteer schedule.