Update as of 8.4.20

Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns, an executive order was signed to extend the deployment of the Indiana National Guard through December 31, 2020. This is great news for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, because it allows us to continue serving our neighbors at the necessary increased capacity. Unfortunately, it also means that we are cancelling any scheduled on-site volunteer shifts and will continue to suspend/limit our on-site volunteer opportunities until further notice. We will continue to recruit drivers for our senior grocery deliveries. We are also creating several safe and social distanced volunteer opportunities for Mobile Market and several upcoming events.  Thank you for your understanding. We miss having you here and hope to see you soon!

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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 (8am – 3pm). Below is a list of our current volunteer opportunities, which will re-open on Monday, August 10th (pending re-assessment of COVID-19 precautions and concerns). Due to COVID-19, safety precautions and social distancing will be enforced. Volunteers should not have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 30 days. All volunteers will be required to adhere to temperature checks and must wears masks. Before signing up to volunteer, please review our VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION WAIVER & RELEASE HERE. BY SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER, YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THE WAIVER.:

Warehouse Assistance – Agency Orders
Assisting with pantry orders and retail rescue from local grocery stores.  These are full day shifts, 8am – 3pm, Mondays – Thursdays.

Mobile Market Food Distributions
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 and Porter Counties.

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.

Senior Food Box Deliver Drivers
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 and Porter Counties.

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.

Warehouse Cleaning Assistance
Assisting with general warehouse cleaning, sweeping, mopping, and other light duties. These are full day shifts, 8am – 3pm, Mondays – Fridays.

Administrative Assistance
Assisting with general office duties, including data entry, correspondence, filing, and more.

Special Events Committee
Assisting the planning and implementation of initiatives that advance the mission, create awareness, and raise funds.

Marketing & Communications Intern 
Assisting with web and social media content (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), photography, event collateral, and our client story database. This role is ideal for a multi¬-talented, digital media expert, with an interest in helping our neighbors in need.

Community Service Hours 
Community Service requirements for school, work, or for court appointed reasons can be completed at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Please indicate this on the volunteer registration form.

 

READY TO MAKE AN IMPACT? Sign Up Now To Volunteer.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jaymie Welborn, Volunteer Coordinator: 219.980.1777, ext 316 or volunteers@foodbanknwi.org.