Volunteering with the Food Bank

Benefits of Volunteering

Montgomery County Food Bank relies on our volunteers to feed more than 35,000 people each month. Volunteering is a great way for YOU to make a difference in your community. We could not make as big as an impact in the community without the help of our volunteers.

Additionally, volunteering has been proven to have positive health effects. People who volunteer have lower rates of depression, greater functional ability, and lower mortality rates than those who don’t volunteer. Researchers have found that volunteering builds empathy, makes you happier, and creates strong social bonds. It can also strength your time management skills. Research from Wharton University has found that individuals who volunteer their time have found that they feel like they have more time than those who did not volunteer.

How to Get Involved

Volunteers are needed to help sort, inspect the quality of donated food, and help box the food into packages ready to be sent into the community. The following times are available to come and volunteer:

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

*Children 7 and up are welcome with an accompanying adult.

**Closed toed shoes (sneakers or boots) and sleeved shirts are required. No heels, flip flops or tank tops.

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Opportunities Available

Sort Room and Food Packaging

Volunteers are needed to help inspect the quality of donated food and sort it into packages ready to be sent into the community. A significant portion of food arrives mixed together, so volunteers are essential to getting the food processed and ready to send out to those in need. Additionally, volunteers will occasionally prepare food packages for our Buddy Backpack and Senior Care and Share Programs.

Produce Rescue Center

Volunteers are need to help inspect and verify the quality of rescued produce from local retail providers. Additionally, volunteers are needed to assist in assembling produce boxes to be distributed to pantries and clients. Note: Produce Rescue Center opportunities take place inside a cooler with lower than normal temperatures.

Office Help

Our administrative staff can always use volunteers to assist with light office work and filing. If you are looking for a weekly commitment we also need assistance with volunteer scheduling.

Food Fair

Montgomery County Food Bank’s (MCFB) mission is to collaborate with community organizations in high need areas to provide access to healthy food where regular pantries are not available. Volunteers will help set up, sort, and distribute over 50,000 pounds fresh produce, meats and non-perishables to food insecure residents. Food fair dates and locations vary throughout Montgomery County and are held in the parking lots of participating schools and churches. Volunteers generally assist from 7am- 12pm.

Special Events

Volunteers can help MCFB with off-site events. They will assist with event set up and take down, food distribution, collecting donations, and informing others about food insecurity in our community. These offsite events are typically held in the evenings or on weekends.

Learn more about available Additional Volunteer Opportunities on our MCFB Events Calendar or by contacting volunteers@mcfoodbank.org.

MCFB Events Calendar

Montgomery County Food Bank appreciates the support from surrounding companies and welcomes those who embrace the opportunity to impact their community. Volunteering with your team at Montgomery County Food Bank can produce employees that have a higher morale at work, greater productivity, and more pride in their company.

Register Corporate Volunteers

Does your employer participate in an employee matching or dollars for doers program?

Volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers” programs, are charitable giving programs set up by corporations in which the company provides monetary donations to eligible non-profits as a way to recognize employees who volunteer.

By volunteering your time you may be able to help MCFB raise more money! Many corporations will make a donation in your name to MCFB when you donate your time as a volunteer.

In 2016 we received over $53,000 in employee matching and volunteer grants, providing 185,000 meals to food insecure residents in Montgomery County.

To schedule court ordered service hours, please call (936) 539-6686 ext. 2013.

Register to Volunteer

To sign-up for a weekly volunteer opportunity, please complete our registration form and we will contact you to confirm your shift(s).

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To register a group of 10 or more volunteers please email volunteers@mcfoodbank.org.

Please allow us 24-48 hours to confirm the availability of your preferred volunteer time. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Food Bank at 936-539-6686.

Don’t forget to download our volunteer fact sheet and waivers

Volunteer Information Volunteer Waiver for Minors (under 18 years old) Volunteer Waiver for Adults