As an individual
Volunteers are essential to Foodlink, and we need your help now more than ever! Explore the various ways you can get involved as we continue to respond to the growing needs of our communities.
Individuals who are 18+ can register for any of our volunteer opportunities listed below, such as donation sorting, the Curbside Market, the Lexington Avenue Community Farm (seasonal), and more. When you have found the right project for you, sign up for an available shift on our volunteer calendar. After selecting a shift, new volunteers will be prompted to “Create an Account” to secure their volunteer spot.
Individuals who are 13-17, can register for our Donation Sorting, Lexington Ave. Community Farm, and Curbside Produce Packing. Parents or guardians must register themselves and accompanied youth separately. When you have found the right project for you, sign up for an available shift on our volunteer calendar. After selecting a shift, new volunteers will be prompted to “Create an Account” to secure their volunteer spot.
Individuals 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. We can only accommodate a staff aide and client on a 1:1 basis (no groups) during the pandemic.
For other inquiries, please contact Jessica Lockett at 585-413-4094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, we are currently only accepting a limited number of court-mandated volunteers within our facility at this time.
Please contact Jes Scannell, Director of Career Empowerment Initiatives, at email@example.com to learn more about registration information and credits for hours.
Find a project that's right for you!
Distribution Center: Donation Sorting (PM 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 warehouse by sorting and inspecting donated items before they leave our facility.
Location: 1999 Mount Read Blvd. Rochester NY, 14615
Requirements: Must be at least 13 years old (Parental supervision required for ages 13-15). Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing (the warehouse can be cool).
Physical Intensity: Moderate. Volunteers must be able to walk, stand, and lift boxes up to 25-50lbs. Tasks are often repetitive.
Emergency Food Distribution
Each week, Foodlink coordinates the distribution of emergency food boxes through our no-touch, drive-thru distributions — including a weekly distribution at its Mt. Read Boulevard facility. Volunteers are needed to assist with the distributions by helping load food boxes into registered vehicles, and assisting with setup and cleanup.
Locations: 1999 Mount Read Blvd. Rochester NY 14615
Requirements: Must be at least 13 years old (Parental supervision required for ages 13-15). Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
Physical Intensity: High. This activity is outdoors and consist of walking, standing, and lifting boxes up to 40-50 lbs. Project is held in rain, snow, or shine. Tasks are often repetitive.
The Curbside Market is Foodlink’s mobile farmer market that provides fresh and affordable produce to underserved communities. Volunteers will assist with packing produce for delivery, or ride along with our vehicle operators to multiple sites to assist customers and/or deliver pre-ordered boxes of food. This opportunity can accept only ONE volunteer per shift. Core Volunteers or regular volunteers are needed and preferred to build a strong rapport with the communities and customers we serve.
Requirements: Can accept youth (produce packing) and adults (Curbside Market routes). Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Strong customer-service skills are preferred.
Physical Intensity: High. Volunteers must be able to walk, stand, and lift boxes up to 25-50lbs. Volunteer activities will take place outside.
Foodlink has various nutrition education programs, including Cooking with Foodlink, a virtual culinary and nutrition education class. Volunteers are needed to deliver grocery items for the cooking classes to participants’ homes. This opportunity can accept 2 volunteers per shift.
Location: Locations will vary.
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old. Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
Physical Intensity: Moderate. Will include walking, standing, and lifting bags up to 25lb pounds.
Become a 'Core Volunteer'
If you are interested in expanding your volunteer experience with Foodlink, please consider becoming a Core Volunteer. Core volunteers are individuals who are interested in committing to a recurring volunteer schedule with one of our volunteer projects. What’s the perk? A guaranteed spot reserved for the project of your choice, leadership opportunities, early notification for special event volunteer opportunities, and the knowledge that you are a critical part of the Foodlink team!