The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana offers a number of volunteer opportunities so you can give back to your community. Whether you volunteer weekly, monthly, or annually, your time helps us get nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors. We could not distribute 4.3 million meals a year without the help of volunteers!

On this page you will find:

A volunteer sign up form – be sure to let us know what your interests are, the size of your group and days you are available

Descriptions of our volunteer activities – from packing to sorting to special events

Guidelines and FAQ’s – to prepare you for your visit to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana


IMG_0761Packing and Sorting– All of the food coming into a food bank needs to be sorted, inspected, and packaged for distribution.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana delivers more than 750 monthly meal boxes to seniors in Lake and Porter Counties through CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program). These boxes include proteins, dairy, grains, fruits, and vegetables for an entire month.
During the school year, the Food Bank also distributes more than 600 BackPack sacks filled with easy to prepare weekend meals for children who qualify for free and reduced lunches at school.


Mystery Shopper Program – The Food Bank is always looking for volunteers to visit local food pantries and soup kitchens as a mystery shopper to report their experiences. The feedback helps monitor and ensure clients are treated with respect and member pantries are meeting federal and state guidelines.


Gateway District of Fed Ex Ground Aug2014Mobile Pantry – On select days (Wednesdays and limited Saturdays) we host mobile pantries throughout Northwest Indiana. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, tear-down, and distribute food.


Office/Facility Assistance – If you have a special skill that could benefit the Food Bank, let us know! We welcome volunteers in our office during our busiest times of year.



How do I sign up to volunteer? We’ve made it easy for you! Just fill out the registration form here on our website. We will contact you with opportunities that fit your skills or group’s needs.

When can I volunteer? The Food Bank welcomes volunteers Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. Additional times and dates are available when we have mobile pantries or a special event in the community.

Who can volunteer? Individuals 8 years of age and above can volunteer at the Food Bank. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. For groups of children, there should be 1 adult per 4 children.

What should I wear? Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. If you are with a group, we encourage you to wear your company or group t-shirt!

Can I volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen? Yes! Northwest Indiana’s food pantries and soup kitchens are all volunteer run. Find a nearby pantry or soup kitchen on our pantry locator. Please contact the number listed for the pantry to set up volunteer hours.

How long are the volunteer shifts? Most shifts are no more than 4 hours. We ask that when you schedule a shift you stay for the duration. If you need to reschedule because of a conflict, contact the volunteer coordinator directly.

Have additional questions? Call us at 219.980.1777 or email us at



Community Service requirements by the state (court appointed), school, or university can be completed at the Food Bank. If you have been compelled to serve hours through the court, please contact us directly at 219.980.1777.

If you are fulfilling community service hours for your school or university, please indicate these on the volunteer registration form.

Students requiring authorization for hours served must bring forms/paperwork to their volunteer shift. It is the responsibility of the student to let the volunteer coordinator know when scheduling the shift at the Food Bank.