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