Volunteer Your Time

Food Bank Volunteers

Most of our volunteers help with food distribution on one of the days that we are open to serve clients. Volunteers typically arrive one to two hours ahead of time to assemble family-sized food boxes and to prepare the office before opening for clients.

We can always use more volunteers to help us serve the people who live in our community. Some of the volunteers that we use include

The Food Bank is open three days each week. Volunteers are needed Mondays from 8:00 until noon, Wednesdays from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm, and Thursdays from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. In general we ask that volunteers be willing to help at least once each month, and signing up for twice a month (or more) is preferred.

In addition to those who volunteer their time at the Whitney Food Bank, other members of the community help by organizing food collection and fundraiser events and by participating in the annual Food Drive held each November.

If you would like to help, see the Contact Us page to call or email us. Or if you prefer, fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can to see how best you can help Our Daily Bread Food Bank to help the people in our community.



Drivers

Drivers are needed to pickup donations of food, diapers, empty boxes, bags and more.

Drivers at Whitney Food BankUnloading paper goods

Warehouse Workers

Warehouse workers are needed to help with food distribution. This work involves the following:


Assemble food boxes with non-perishables for each expected family based on family size.

Food boxesPreparing food boxes

Pack bags with meat and frozen foods and store these back in the freezer.

Freezer bags Preparing freezer bags

Stock fresh produce and miscellaneous items in the Choice area where clients will be able to select items of their own choice based on family preferences.

Choice food itemsClients' Choice food items

Greet clients at the distribution window.  Here clients make their own selections from the Choice area and then volunteers load their cart with non-perishable and frozen food items along with the client's Choice items.

Selecting food Loading carts

Push the cart to the scale, record the weight, and deliver the items to the client’s car in the pickup area.

Weighing food cartWeighing food on cart

Inventory current items and prepare list of needed items to be purchased.

Inventorying frozen meats Ordering food

Sort and shelve donations that have been received recently, as time permits.

Sorting food Shelving bread

In addition, twice a month on Thursday mornings at 8:30, warehouse workers are needed to help unload pallets of food from a large truck arriving from the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The food must be sorted, the produce inspected, and everything shelved into the appropriate locations.

Truck delivery from Tarrant Area Food BankStocking shelves at Whitney Food BankFood deliveryLoading freezersUnloading foodLoading freezersInspecting produce Produce inspection


Signing in clients

Office Workers


In the outer office, volunteers prepare before opening to sign in clients. As clients arrive, these volunteers assist with filling out the food voucher request form.

Office workers should have general office skills including computer, copy machine and phone skills.




Interviewers

Interviewing clients


Interviewers meet with new clients to gather personal information in order to determine eligibility based on standards defined by the Tarrant Area Food Bank where we get much of our food. They verify the information provided for each family member and setup a 30-day schedule for food pickup.

These volunteers also interview current clients to determine if they have had any changes or additional needs, and then finalize the food voucher request forms.

Interviewers need to be friendly, compassionate, and able to keep clients' information confidential.





Interested in Volunteering?

Or just have a question? Fill out the form below and we'll get back to you quickly.

Inspecting produce at Whitney Food Bank
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