COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines

Please know that during this challenging time we are doing everything possible to ensure your safety when you volunteer by:

  • If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 prior to 2 weeks of your volunteer event, you will not be allowed to volunteer.
  • All volunteers will be given a no-touch temp check upon arrival. Volunteers with a temperature of 100.4 or above (the recommended threshold from the CDC) will be asked to leave and reschedule their shift. Volunteers will be ask appropriate COVID-19 questions upon volunteer entry.
  • Entry into the main door of the Mayerson Distribution Center, will be one (1) volunteer at a time. Follow the duck feet on the sidewalk. (Special considerations for minors, ages 8 and up with their parent/guardian on family volunteer events.) Use Hand Sanitizer upon arrival.
  • Entry into the Liberty Street Market through the main entrance and up the ramp to the volunteer check in desk located on your right at the top of the ramp.
  • Providing several hand-washing stations – Please wash your hands upon arrival. Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds under warm water.
  • Deep cleaning – Freestore Foodbank staff are continuously doing deep cleanings at all of our volunteer locations.
  • Eliminating Handshakes and hugs – Sorry. Elbow bumps are welcomed!
  • Social distancing: accommodations are in place to allow volunteers to perform their duties with reasonable social distancing.
  • Providing Protective Gear – We have hand sanitizer located throughout our various facilities. We also have masks andgloves available for volunteers during their shift. (If volunteer has their own mask, please bring, we will have masks/gloves as needed.) Stay Healthy – If you are feeling under the weather we ask that you cancel your registration and come back and visit us when you feel better.
  • Proper disposal of mask/gloves at the end of each shift.
  • Hand Washing before leaving Freestore Foodbank volunteer shift.

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Volunteers are a vital part of Freestore Foodbank’s strategic plan to provide meals to hungry children and families in our tristate area. Every time you volunteer, you will leave knowing that you have helped to provide Food, Connection and Hope for our neighbors in need.

In 2018, over 11,800 volunteers contributed over 88,000 hours of service to Freestore Foodbank. We need volunteers every day to pack Power Packs and Senior Boxes for the youngest and oldest in our community, sort food donations to be sent to our community partners, provide customer service at our Liberty Street Market (pantry), assist with special events throughout the year and provide talents and skills for dozens of other activities that help people when they are in crisis.

To volunteer contact volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550.

Volunteers are a vital part of the Freestore Foodbank’s strategic plan to provide 50 million meals by the year 2020. Every time you volunteer, you will leave knowing that you have helped to provide Food, Connection and Hope for our neighbors in need.

In 2018, over 11,800 volunteers contributed over 88,000 hours of service to the Freestore. We need volunteers every day to pack Power Packs and Senior Boxes for the youngest and oldest in our community, sort food donations to be sent to our Community partners, provide customer service at our Liberty Street Market (pantry), assist with special events throughout the year and provide talents and skills for dozens of other activities that help people when they are in crisis.

Only through joining our efforts with member of our community can we make a difference and work to solve hunger!

What types of volunteer opportunities does the Food Bank offer?

The Freestore welcomes both individuals and groups to work on a variety of tasks that help eliminate hunger in our area. All of our volunteer activities are one of three types:

BASIC

Basic: Basic volunteer assignments are usually one-time shifts that require little or no advanced preparation or training, but do require advanced registration. Most groups and individuals are in this category. Activities include: