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.

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!

Nutrition Education

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

Foodlink is a trusted community resource for nutrition 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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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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Court-mandated Participants

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

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.

 

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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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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!