Volunteer at Foodlink

As a group

Foodlink has limited availability for volunteer groups (5+) to assist with our Distribution Center and Community Farm projects. Please submit a group reservation request below to schedule a date for your group to volunteer with us. Our volunteer programs coordinator, Jessica Lockett, will contact you about availability. Due to the high volume of requests we have received so far, please allow for a week turnaround in response.

Additionally, project-specific opportunities for groups with developmental and intellectual disabilities are still suspended. We encourage organizations to participate with their clients on a 1:1 basis for available shifts. Please see our individual volunteer opportunities page for more details.

Adults

Foodlink welcomes volunteer groups, whose participants are at least 18+, for a variety of projects including Donation Sorting, Emergency Food Box Distribution, and the Lexington Avenue Community Farm (seasonal). 

Explore our opportunities and submit your group reservation request today. 

Youth

Foodlink can accommodate youths (with adult chaperones) as young as 13 to assist with our Donation Sorting and Lexington Avenue Community Farm volunteer projects. Please note that there should be one chaperone for every six youths. 

Explore our project descriptions and submit your group reservation request today.

Volunteers With Disabilities

If you are a staff aide, chaperone, or parent that is assisting a volunteer with developmental or intellectual disabilities, please register for our volunteer shifts using the button below. 

Currently, we can only accommodate staff aides with their clients on a 1:1 basis (no groups) for our Donation Sorting and Emergency Food Packing projects.

Opportunities

Distribution Center: Donation Sorting (Morning Shifts)

Foodlink distributes more than 20 million pounds of food each year, and volunteers play an integral role in this process. Volunteers assist in our

Foodlink distributes more than 20 million pounds of food each year, and volunteers play an integral role in this process. Volunteers assist in our warehouse by sorting and inspecting donated items before they leave our facility.

Day & Time: Tuesday-Friday; 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: 1999 Mount Read Blvd. Rochester NY, 14615

Requirements: Must be at least 13 years old (a chaperon is required to sign-up and participate in volunteer shifts involving youth 13-15). Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing (the warehouse can be cool).

Physical Intensity: High. The volunteer project will include walking, standing, and lifting boxes up to 25-50lbs. Tasks are often repetitive.

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Distribution Center: Donation Sorting (Afternoon Shifts)

Foodlink distributes more than 20 million pounds of food each year, and volunteers play an integral role in this process. Volunteers assist in our

Foodlink distributes more than 20 million pounds of food each year, and volunteers play an integral role in this process. Volunteers assist in our warehouse by sorting and inspecting donated items before they leave our facility.

Day & Time: Monday-Thursday; 1:00-4:00pm

Location: 1999 Mount Read Blvd. Rochester NY, 14615

Requirements: Must be at least 13 years old( a chaperon is required to sign-up and participate in volunteer shifts with youth 13-15). Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing (the warehouse can be cool).

Physical Intensity: High. The volunteer project will include walking, standing, and lifting boxes up to 25-50lbs. Tasks are often repetitive.

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Volunteers with Disabilities

For the best volunteer experience, please contact Volunteer Programs Coordinator Jessica Lockett at 585-413-4094 or jlockett@foodlinkny.org if you are in need of an accommodation

For the best volunteer experience, please contact Volunteer Programs Coordinator Jessica Lockett at 585-413-4094 or jlockett@foodlinkny.org if you are in need of an accommodation or are assisting a client.

Chaperones or aides are required to register and participate in available projects with their clients on a 1-on-1 basis. Volunteer Group reservations are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, but you are welcome to fill out our Group Reservation form to submit a request for the future. We will notify you of any updates to this policy.

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Group Reservation Form

Volunteer with us!

Foodlink is now accepting group reservations on a limited basis. We encourage you to fill out the form below if your group is interested in volunteering with us in the future, and our Volunteer Programs Coordinator will reach out to assist you.