"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."- Aesop
There are no shortage of volunteer opportunities at Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Throughout the last fiscal year, more than 4,000 volunteers donated over 26,000 hours of time to help the hungry in Southwest Virginia and you can join that dedicated group with the click of a button!
Volunteer opportunities include everything from sorting and rescuing food for the hungry, to serving on the Food Bank's Speakers Bureau to help us spread the word about hunger relief in this region.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE
More than 60,000 lbs of food is rescued every month thanks to our volunteers working in the Quality Assurance area. In this area volunteers rescue food by sorting dented cans, crushed boxes, or other superficially damaged food to ensure the food inside is safe and consumable.
The typical minimum age for Quality Assurance is fourteen years old, but exceptions are made for supervised groups (e.g. Girl and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, youth groups). Volunteers under 18 years of age in the food sorting area must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer hours are Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday workdays may be scheduled to accommodate groups of 30 or more.
On occasion the Food Bank has the need for volunteers to man collection stations at various food drives and fundraisers in Southwest Virginia.
This type of activity can be fun and fulfilling, giving you the opportunity to directly relate to other individuals who are helping the hungry. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for outgoing individuals and groups who don't mind talking to people and want to help spread the good word about Feeding America Southwest Virginia and it's mission to feed the hungry!
Office Assistance/Retired Professional Expertise
It's not all heavy lifting at the Food Bank. In total, Feeding America Southwest Virginia employs more than 30 full-time staff in office locations in Salem and Abingdon. Our staff can always use a helping hand in the office!
If heavy lifting, or standing for long periods does not sound like your cup of tea, than ask us about assisting in the office with mailings, paperwork, IT needs and other tasks.
Additionally, the Food Bank is always searching for retired professionals that are willing to donate their knowledge and expertise to help the Food Bank continue down the right path towards efficient and effective service for our partner agencies.