We love our volunteers; our organization relies on thousands of people to achieve its mission—and we know our caring community wants to help.
We need you; but, not just yet.
The reason is simple.
We want to inspire social distancing, so we all get through this quicker. We need to protect those who can serve, so they can continue to serve.
This means limiting people in our circle as much as possible right now. This is a hard thing for us to do, as normally our circle is large and welcoming!
The best way to help right now is with a financial donation.
And, please, inspire your friends to do the same. This helps us keep the mission going and removes a major fundraising concern for us, allowing us to focus all our resources on the task at hand—finding creative, safe ways to continue serving the most vulnerable. It also helps us cover off new costs like increased fuel for deliveries, increased costs for protective safety gear for staff and so on.
I hope this gives some clarity and please don’t hesitate to reach out and get in touch. As I said, we need you, just not yet. But when the time comes, we know you’ll still be there! THANK YOU for being a Food Hero!
Executive Director, Food for Life
Are you looking for a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience that is as flexible and interesting as you are?
Food for Life volunteers drive, collect, pack, coordinate, weigh, lift, carry, load, deliver, fundraise, network, direct and help with special events and outreach.
If you have as little as an hour a week to share or if you are looking to take a more engaged or leadership role in helping neighbours struggling with hunger please connect with us.
If you are interested in group volunteering, please click here.
Types of Volunteers
Food for Life Program Volunteer
Volunteers can commit to supporting a program once a week, or once a month. We would build a schedule to work with your schedule. As a program volunteer you are responsible for the following;
- Engage with neighbours, while handing out food.
- Sorting food is required.
Volunteer Driver Assistants
We are currently looking for on-call drivers and volunteer driver assistants. On-Call drivers must have a clean drivers abstract and friendly customer service skills. As a driver or assistant you are responsible for the following;
- Assist with loading and unloading food from vehicle
- Assist with packing or re-packing food in containers or bags
- Weighing containers of food
- The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
- Good mobility so you are able to climb in and out of the truck.
- Hours will vary depending on the day of the week.
We offer student volunteer credit hours
Warehouse Assistant Volunteers
The warehouse volunteer positions are primarily available Monday through Friday from approximately 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. As a warehouse volunteer you would be responsible for;
- Prepping food deliveries for direct agency pick ups
- Preparing pallets for the drivers
- Consolidating pallets
- Sorting the food in the chiller and freezer
- Operating pump trucks and electric pallet mover (training is provided)
- General cleaning (sweeping, mopping, taking out garbage)
- Steel toe shoes are required for this position.
This volunteer role supports data collection around the annual HungerCount survey. The HungerCount is the only annual national study of food bank, soup kitchen, and other charitable food program use in Canada.
Volunteers will be present at various Food for Life sites throughout the month of March, helping to collect data weekly from those accessing food at our sites. Sites are located throughout Halton Region – Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Acton, and Georgetown. Volunteers will be asking participants questions and filling out the survey in order to understand the need within our community.