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 5 children, at least 1 adult must be present. Regular volunteer shifts are available Monday – Friday (9am – 3pm). Below is 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:

  • If individual is experiencing any symptoms of illness, return date is 10-days after being symptom-free (no fever, sore throat, headache, runny nose, etc.)
  • If individual tested positive for COVID-19, return date is 14-days after a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • If individual was a direct exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, return date is 14-days after last interaction with the affected individual.

Also, please review our VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION WAIVER & RELEASE HERE. BY SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER, YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THE WAIVER.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Packing & Sorting
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 1400 senior boxes each week.
      • 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.

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Mobile Market Food Distributions (Sign Up Below)
Assisting with the setup and distribution of food during our weekly mobile market distributions, taking place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in Lake & Porter Counties.

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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 Wednesdays – Fridays, 9am – 12pm, in Lake & Porter Counties.

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We also have opportunities for individuals interested in the following: Administrative Assistance, Special Events Committee, and Community Service Hours. To find out more, please contact Sarah Barnard, Volunteer Coordinator: 219.980.1777, ext 316 or volunteers@foodbanknwi.org.