Volunteer Activities

We are super appreciative of all that our volunteers take on; we literally could not serve the community as we do without their involvement!  Below are the main types of things you may be involved with as a volunteer:

Warehousing:

Our warehouse is located at 210 Fry Street, on the corner of Fry and Milton street. 

Our warehouse is the hub of our operations and where all donated food is sorted and prepared prior to giving out to those in need. Having enough volunteers here is key to ensuring a good flow of food to our depots for distribution. The shifts are usually between 1.5 - 3 hours long and you could be involved in tasks such as:

  • Checking quality of fruit and vegetables
  • Sorting items according to Best Before dates
  • Categorizing non-perishable items into groupings
  • Slicing and bagging bread

Empties 4 Food Program:

Also located at our warehouse is our Empties 4 Food program. We collect empties from our 22 donation bins located through Nanaimo. (Click HERE to see a complete list of donation bin locations.) While sorting empties is not the most glamorous job, it is one of our most worthwhile endeavours cash-wise!  In 2019, collecting and sorting empties yielded more than $83,000--that is a lot of donated empties!  As each $1.00 translates to about $5.98 worth of food into our clients’ hands, it is a very good thing!  

Distribution:

Distribution of food takes place at 9 different depots located around the city to the approximate 3500 who access our services each month.  Roles during the 1.5-3 hour depot opening may include:

  • Food Stocker: these volunteers keep the food stations stocked with a selection of items and includes some lifting.
  • Shopper: some, but not all, depots have volunteers assist the clients as they collect their food items, and can involve helping with food selections, packing food or carrying bags.
  • Computer Clerk: This role includes registering existing and new clients, and is for people with existing computer competency and requires an additional training process.


Miscellaneous:

There are a multitude of other tasks volunteers can be involved with.  Some of these are listed below:

  • Hamper 2 Your Home Deliveries-  we run a home delivery service for our clients who have medically-documented mobility issues.  Using our vehicles, volunteers deliver packaged food hampers right to these clients doors.
  •  Cobs Bread Packing-  Cobs Bread, at both Terminal Park and Pleasant Valley locations, donate their bread to us at the end of the day.  Volunteers go to the bakeries at closing time to pack up this wonderful donation!
  • Food Drives and Other Fundraiser Events- throughout the year, we have various events and fundraisers for which we call upon volunteer help as needed.  This is ideal for our volunteers who aren't able to commit to a regular shift throughout the year.

**While we can appreciate people may have preferences, volunteer placement depends upon area of greatest need within our operations, and volunteer tasks will be determined upon the completion of the volunteer intake process.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!