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Volunteer Appreciation Week: Maryland Food Bank loves volunteers!

Volunteer at the Maryland Food Bank Distribution Center!

Volunteers

The Maryland Food Bank provides food to approximately 600,000 hungry Marylanders a week with the support of our volunteers. Without our volunteers we would be unable to move thousands of pounds of donated food and product into the community to feed needy families and individuals.

Volunteer appointments must be made in advance for individual and group volunteers. We accept groups of up to 25 volunteers at a time from corporations, schools, nonprofits and other organizations.

Volunteer sessions normally run in three-hour shifts, but may be less depending on the needs of the Maryland Food Bank. For safety, open-toed shoes and heels are not allowed in the distribution center. Volunteers should dress comfortably, preferably in jeans, shorts, sweats and/or t-shirts. A brief orientation and training is provided to all volunteers.

For additional questions and information, please contact our Volunteer Program Manager, Jill Kusner, at jkusner@mdfoodbank.org or by phone at 410-737-8282 ext. 232.

Daily Volunteer Needs

Daily volunteer opportunities in our distribution center include re-packing donated food and product processed through our conveyor system, packing assorted food kits, packing health and beauty kits and checking expiration dates. Volunteers have to be at least 18 years of age to work on the conveyor system. Daily opportunities are available Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We ask that our volunteers commit to a three-hour shift.

Additionally, volunteers are needed to help bag and flash-freeze meals in our Charles T. Bauer Community kitchen—Maryland Food Bank's community kitchen where perishable foods are transformed into healthy frozen meals. Meals are prepared by professional chefs and students participating in a culinary training program. Meals are made available to the organization's network of partner agencies (including soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters).

Please fill out the forms below and email or fax to Jill Kusner at jkusner@mdfoodbank.org or (410) 536-0438.

After-Hour Sessions

We make it easy for everyone to get involved by offering two after-hour sessions. Our Baltimore distribution center hours:

  • Saturdays: 8:30-12noon & 12-3pm
  • Wednesdays: 5:30-8pm (for groups of 15 or more)

All sessions must be scheduled. We do NOT accept walk-ins.

Special Projects for Volunteers Under the Age of 18

The second Saturday and fourth Wednesday evening of each month are reserved for those under the age of 18. [Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate this age group at any other times than these]. Volunteers under the age of 18 are only allowed to work on special projects. A special project consists of packing assorted food kits, packing health and beauty kits, assembling boxes, cleaning donated food products and general clean-up when necessary. On occasion young volunteers can assist with office tasks such as filing and large mailings.

Youth groups must be chaperoned with a 1:7 ratio (1 adult per 7 youths). The minimum age limit for an unsupervised volunteer is 16 years of age. Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 15 may volunteer under the supervision of an adult/guardian.

Office Supporter Needs

On occasion, volunteers are needed to assist a few times a month with administrative duties such as filing and data entry. Volunteers are also needed to assist with large mailings.

Special Events

Volunteers are occasionally needed to assist at various off-site events. They usually occur on the weekends or during the evening hours.