We need you!
Volunteers are the heart of the Maryland Food Bank. Whether sorting food, harvesting crops, or flash-freezing healthy meals from our Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen, our volunteers directly impact how quickly and efficiently we are able to distribute food. Check out the volunteer opportunities we offer in Baltimore and Salisbury. Follow these simple steps to sign up:
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Volunteer at our Baltimore Office
Below you will find a variety of volunteer opportunities offered at our Baltimore Office. To sign up for one of these volunteer sessions, register your individual or group account here and one of our coordinators will get in touch with you shortly. If you have questions, feel free to contact us using the form above.
General Volunteer Opportunities
The Baltimore Office opens its doors to volunteers Monday – Friday in two shifts: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm.
Daily tasks in the Maryland Food Bank’s warehouse include repacking dry goods on our conveyor system as well as packing produce, frozen meats, and assorted kits. While groups of 15 to 25 people are preferred, individuals and small groups are always welcome. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, able to lift 25 pounds, and stand for three hours.
Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen
Volunteers are needed to help bag and flash-freeze meals in our community kitchen. The kitchen can accommodate groups of up to 10 people. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, able to lift 25 pounds, and stand for three hours.
On occasion, volunteers with experience in finance and computers are needed to assist in our office. We are also in need of periodic volunteers willing to help with filing, data entry, and large mailings.
Evenings and Weekend Sessions
We try to make it easy for everyone to get involved by offering several evening/weekend sessions at our Baltimore location.
- Saturdays: 9am – 12pm and 12pm – 3pm
Wednesdays: 5:30pm – 8pm
Don’t forget to schedule in advance! We cannot accept walk-ins.
Those interested in working directly with our partner agencies can request to take part in the following volunteer opportunities:
Volunteers are needed at Pantry On The Go events to help clients fill out important paperwork that will enable them to access additional federal food assistance through our TEFAP program. Pantry On The Go drops usually occur once per month at each site, and training is provided. We currently need volunteers at the following sites:
Senior Food Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to check in clients and distribute food at senior centers and other community organizations across Baltimore City. Ability to lift 40 pounds is required.
Community Fair Volunteer (seasonal)
Volunteers are needed to represent the Maryland Food Bank at community fairs across the region. Basic knowledge of our organization is required. Training will be provided.
For Kids and Families
The second Saturday and fourth Wednesday evening of each month are reserved for those under the age of 18. Volunteers under the age of 18 are only allowed to work on special projects such as: packing assorted food & health kits, assembling boxes, and occasionally filing and assisting with large mailings.
Youth groups must be chaperoned, with one adult to every seven kids. We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 12.
Special Needs Group Sessions
The Maryland Food Bank welcomes volunteer groups with special needs twice a month for two-hour shifts. Volunteers must be accompanied by chaperones. Each chaperone can oversee no more than three special needs volunteers. Contact our Volunteer Program manager to find the next available shift for volunteers with special needs.
Volunteer at our Eastern Shore Branch
Below you will find a variety of volunteer opportunities offered at our Eastern Shore Branch. To sign up for one of these volunteer sessions, follow the numbered steps on this page. If you have questions, feel free to contact us using the form above.
Daily Volunteer Opportunities
The Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore Branch opens its doors to volunteers on Mondays-Fridays: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Daily tasks at the Salisbury warehouse include sorting and boxing foods and keeping the warehouse in ship-shape, which may include the occasional sweeping/mopping! Volunteering in the warehouse helps us to move more food out into the community, while ensuring that the food is properly cared for and uncontaminated.
Volunteers are also needed for administrative tasks. Stuffing envelopes and assisting with filings are just a few of the tasks we need help with. With extra administrative help from volunteers, we are able to thank more of our donors, and it also helps us provide valuable information to our network partners, community donors and businesses more quickly.
We are most in need of volunteers during federal holidays so please mark your calendars now! At the Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore branch, we accept groups of up to 25 volunteers from corporations, schools, nonprofits and other organizations. Volunteers have to be at least 18 years of age.
Farm to Food Bank Program
The Eastern Shore branch also offers the unique opportunity to volunteer on a local farm through our Farm to Food Bank Program. We are always in need of extra hands to harvest fresh produce for hungry Marylanders. High school students, families, and individuals are encouraged to come out and lend a hand! We can accept groups of up to 10. To spend a day volunteering on one of our partner farms, contact Amy Cawley or call (443) 735-0757.
Evenings and Weekend Sessions
Evenings and weekend volunteer sessions may be scheduled upon request. Please email us or call directly (410) 742-0050 ext. 294.
For Kids and Families
Special sessions for children under the age of 18 may be scheduled upon request. Groups of children should have at least 1 adult per 10 children. Please email us or call (410) 742-0050 ext. 294.