Volunteering your time and skills is an amazing gift to your community.
At Foodbank, we rely heavily on the individuals, community and corporate groups who volunteer their time and skills to help us provide food relief across Victoria. In 2016/17, more than 2000 people donated almost 25,000 hours of time to assist at our Yarraville warehouse. Many of our school and charity partners across the state also rely on volunteers to run their School Breakfast Clubs and food relief programs.
As demand for emergency food relief grows, volunteers remain a vital link in getting food to people in need. There are many ways individuals, community and corporate groups can volunteer to help ensure everyone in Victoria has access to healthy food.
- Warehouse volunteering – Each weekday, a number of our regular volunteers are assisted by a group of corporate volunteers to pick and pack orders placed by our charity partners. In addition to picking orders, warehouse volunteers may also be required to do other tasks such as sorting food and packing emergency food hampers.
- Community events – Occasionally we’re invited to be a charity partner at community festivals, conferences and sporting events. While tasks vary depending on the event, volunteers may be required to staff an information stand, act as a cheer squad or collect donations.
- School Breakfast Clubs – Across Victoria 500 state primary schools participate in our School Breakfast Clubs Program, which provides 50,000 healthy breakfasts a week to students who might otherwise go without. Many schools require more volunteers to help run their Breakfast Clubs. Check the map below for schools (yellow icons) currently in need of volunteers.
- Charity partners – We provide food to more than 400 charity partners across Victoria. These charities distribute food to people in need via programs such as community pantries, hamper delivery and soup kitchens. Many of our charity partners are in need of more volunteers to help run their food relief programs. Check the map below (purple icons) and contact the charity directly.
- Warehouse volunteering – Each weekday, a group of up to nine corporate volunteers assist our regular volunteers to pick and pack orders in our Yarraville warehouse for our charity partners. In addition to picking orders, warehouse volunteers may also be required to do other tasks such as sorting food and packing emergency food hampers.
- Pop-up markets – We’re able to run our Farms to Families pop-up market program with funding from corporate partners. These markets are held at one of our charity partner sites, and provide up to 300 families with a week’s worth of fresh produce. Markets are a great opportunity for volunteers to see firsthand how their support is making a difference.
If you are interested in volunteering with one of our charity partners, please contact them via the details provided on the map above.