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 need of our communities.

Already a registered volunteer? Access our Sign-in Portal to check your hours, cancel a reservation, and/or sign up for future shifts. 

COVID-19 Regulations

  • Masking is optional for all fully vaccinated volunteers, who can show their proof of vaccination if they wish to volunteer without a mask. All unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask. 
  • Anyone who is sick/symptomatic should refrain from volunteering. 

Opportunities

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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: 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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Fleet Operations: Kitchen Driver Support

Foodlink distributes coolers of hot and cold meals throughout the City of Rochester at various meal sites. We need volunteers to ride along with

Foodlink distributes coolers of hot and cold meals throughout the City of Rochester at various meal sites. We need volunteers to ride along with our kitchen drivers and assist them with loading and dropping off meals.

Date/Time: Monday-Friday; 7-10am.

Location: Foodlink, 1999 Mount Read Blvd. Rochester, NY 14615

Physical Intensity: High. Will involve walking, standing, and lifting coolers up to 25-50lbs.

Requirement: Must be at least 16 years old. Must wear closed-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing, portions of this project will take place outside.

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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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Home & Community Based Service Organizations

For more details about our current offerings for Home & Community Based Service Organizations, please submit a Group Reservation Request form. You may also

For more details about our current offerings for Home & Community Based Service Organizations, please submit a Group Reservation Request form. You may also schedule a tour with our Volunteer Programs Manager, Jessica Lockett, at jlockett@foodlinkny.org to review opportunities that might be a good fit for your client.

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Court-mandated Participants

Court-Mandated Volunteers may register for any shift on the volunteer calendar that takes place at Foodlink (1999 Mount Read Blvd.). Please review our policies

Court-Mandated Volunteers may register for any shift on the volunteer calendar that takes place at Foodlink (1999 Mount Read Blvd.).

Please review our policies and registration information below. If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Programs Manager Jessica Lockett at jlockett@foodlinkny.org.

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For additional questions,

please contact our Volunteer

Programs Manager,

Jessica Lockett, at 585-413-4094

or jlockett@foodlinkny.org. 

 

For additional questions, please contact our Volunteer Program Manager, Jessica Lockett, at 585-413-4094 or jlockett@foodlinkny.org.