Volunteer at Foodlink

As a group

Due to limited space and social-distancing guidelines during the pandemic, Foodlink is unable to accommodate volunteer groups (5+ people) at this time. However, please feel free to check out our virtual campaign page, or complete our Group Reservation Request Form for potential dates in the future. Our volunteer programs coordinator, Jessica Lockett (jlockett@foodlinkny.org), will follow up with you if there are openings or changes in our group reservation policy.

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 (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

We are currently not offering this volunteer opportunity during the pandemic.  If you are a staff aide, chaperone, or parent that is assisting a

We are currently not offering this volunteer opportunity during the pandemic. 

If you are a staff aide, chaperone, or parent that is assisting a volunteer with developmental or intellectual disabilities, please submit a request via our Group Reservation form. Although this opportunity is not currently available, you can use the form to express interest for future opportunities in 2021 when our policies change.

For other inquiries, please contact Jessica Lockett at 585-413-4094 or jlockett@foodlinkny.org.

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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: Monday-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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Group Reservation Form

Volunteer with us!

Although Foodlink is not accepting group reservations at this time, we encourage you to fill out the form below if your group is interested in volunteering with us in the future. If/when our group reservation policies change, someone on our team can reach out to assist you.