We rely on a network of devoted volunteers to keep the Food Bank mission moving every day. More than 1,400 groups, families, and individuals give their time, talent, and kindness to hunger relief efforts throughout the year. From sorting thousands of pounds of nonperishable food drive items, packing hundreds of food boxes for seniors and weekend meal bags for kids, or distributing countless meals to individuals and familes in need, you can make a BIG difference in just a short amount of time at the Food Bank.
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!
Use the form below to Volunteer
Packing 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.
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. Click here to learn more and sign up to volunteer at our Hunger Action Month Mobile Markets.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS –
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.