The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana relies on volunteers to help us address hunger in our community on a daily basis. Each year, more than 4,000 individuals, families, and groups, share their time and talents to assist with our hunger relief efforts throughout Lake and Porter Counties. Each volunteer experience is unique and fulfilling for our volunteers, and makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the families we serve. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana offers a number of dynamic and flexible volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups. We welcome ages as young as 8 years and older. For every 3 children ages 8-13, at least 1 adult must be present. Scroll below to view a list of our current volunteer opportunities.
*Due to an abundance of caution, please follow the below COVID-19 guidelines when volunteering with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana:
Updated COVID Safety Protocols 5.12.22
The Food Bank has been following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to inform and guide our safety protocols in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC has recently released updated quarantine and isolation guidance, and we are therefore updating our safety protocols.
Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
The Food Bank will follow the current guidance provided by the CDC.
CDC County Advisory Levels of Yellow or Red
If any county in the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’s service area is listed at an advisory level of yellow or red; all staff, volunteers, and visitors will wear masks on Food Bank premises or when performing work on behalf of the Food Bank. Staff, Volunteers, and Visitors are required to wear a facial covering at all times and limit person to person contact including maintaining social distance standards when possible.
- Masks required unless alone in a closed office
- Temperature checks upon entry of the building
- Health screen questions answered upon entry of the building
- Must wear disposable gloves when distributing product
CDC County Advisory Level of Blue in Both Counties
Masks, temperature checks, and the requirement to wear gloves when handling product is optional.
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CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Packing & Sorting (Sign Up Below)
Assist with packing food boxes and sorting grocery items for our food assistance programs. This includes:
- Backpacks for Kids – Assisting with the assembling of meal bags for children relying on weekend support on the weekends and during school breaks. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana provides approximately 300 backpacks weekly.
- Senior Food Boxes – Assisting with the assembling of approximately 50 pounds of shelf stable food for seniors on a fixed income. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana provides approximately 1500 senior boxes each month.
- Sorting Food Drive – Assisting with the sorting, inspecting, and packing of food drive items received from the community. These are are assembled and distributed to partner agencies to assist with their hunger relief efforts.
Mobile Market Food Distributions (Sign Up Below)
Assisting with the setup and distribution of food during our weekly mobile market distributions, taking place Monday through Saturday, in Lake & Porter Counties.
Events Leadership Committee (No Current Opportunities)
Assisting with the planning, soliciting, and execution of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’s 10+ annual fundraising events. Tasks include using the individual’s network to magnify fundraising, soliciting sponsors, in-kind donations (food/drinks/auction items), other resources, and participants. Members also assist in the brainstorming and planning of event ideas, logistics, budget, as well as helping on the day-of to assist with execution and volunteer training/leadership. .
Senior Grocery Delivery Drivers (Sign Up Below)
Assisting with the delivery of groceries to seniors who are disabled, high risk, or immuno-compromised. Deliveries are safe and social distanced, and take place the last week of every month, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 – 12:00 or 4:30 – 6:00, in Lake & Porter Counties. Pick up is located at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (6490 Broadway, Merrillville).
Administrative Assistance/Event Support (No Current Opportunities)
Assisting with office and event tasks, including filing, organizing, correspondence, and more. Short-term and long-term opportunities are available.
Facility Improvement & Cleaning Projects (No Current Opportunities)
Assist in our efforts to maintain a clean and safe environment to store food product for distribution to the community. This includes cleaning, organizing, and improving our warehouse, facility, and grounds. Projects may include: deep cleaning storage areas, painting newly placed drywall, painting traffic lines on the warehouse floor, landscape beautification, organizing event supplies, etc. Ages 16 and older are welcome.
We also have opportunities for individuals interested in the following: Special Events Committee and Community Service Hours. To find out more, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 219-980-1777, x316.