Volunteer

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.

Updated COVID-19 Regulations

  • Volunteers can expect to complete a brief health screening questionnaire at the beginning of their shift.
  • Vaccinated volunteers may opt out of wearing a mask and social distancing if they complete Foodlink’s proof of vaccination form and show proof of vaccination.
  • Please Note: Volunteers serving in public-facing roles such as Curbside Market and Community Health Education are required to wear masks when interfacing with the public.
  • Volunteers should stay home if they are ill. Volunteers experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, must get tested and receive a negative result before returning to Foodlink.
  • Frequent sanitation will continue to take place at the beginning of, and throughout the volunteer shift.

Adults

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. 

Youth

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 jlockett@foodlinkny.org.

Court-mandated Volunteers

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 jscannell@foodlinkny.org to learn more about registration information and credits for hours.

Opportunities

Find a project that's right for you!

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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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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Curbside Market

The Curbside Market is Foodlink’s market on wheels that links communities in the Rochester area to fresh, affordable food. Volunteers will ride along with our

The Curbside Market is Foodlink’s market on wheels that links communities in the Rochester area to fresh, affordable food. Volunteers will 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 1 volunteer per shift.

Date & Time: Varies

Locations: Will meet at Foodlink( 1999 Mount Read Blvd.) and then travel with the vehicle operator to various locations.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old. Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Physical Intensity: High. The volunteer project will include walking, standing, and lifting boxes up to 25-50lbs. Volunteer activities will take place outside.

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Community Health Education

Foodlink is a trusted community resource for community health education. All workshops and educational opportunities are designed to be accessible, engaging, and useful for

Foodlink is a trusted community resource for community health education. All workshops and educational opportunities are designed to be accessible, engaging, and useful for participants. Programming can be conducted virtually, at Foodlink, or at community sites across the region. Volunteers are needed to prep and deliver grocery items to participants’ homes as a part of the “Cooking with Foodlink” program, a virtual culinary and nutrition education class. This opportunity can accept up to 1-3 volunteers per shift.

Date & Time: Varies

Location: Will meet at Foodlink(1999 Mount Read Blvd.) Delivery locations will vary.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old. Must have transportation and a valid driver’s license. Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Physical Intensity: Moderate. Portions of the project will take place outside and include walking and lifting bags up to 25lb pounds.

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Categories

 

For additional questions,

please contact our Volunteer

Programs Coordinator,

Jessica Lockett, at 585-413-4094

or jlockett@foodlinkny.org. 

Categories

 

For additional questions,

please contact our Volunteer

Programs Coordinator,

Jessica Lockett, at 585-413-4094

or jlockett@foodlinkny.org. 

 

 

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!