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 2,500 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, and welcome children ages 8 years and older. Regular volunteer shifts are available Monday – Friday (9a -12p; 1p-3p) and Saturdays (9a-12p). Below is a list of our current volunteer opportunities:

Mobile Market Food Distributions
Assisting with the setup and distribution of food during our weekly mobile market distributions, taking place on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in Lake and Porter Counties. Upcoming opportunities include:

  • Thursday, 11/21, 4p-6p, 6490 Broadway, Merrillville
  • Saturday, 11/23, 7a-10a, 6490 Broadway, Merrillville
  • Friday, 12/6, 3p-6p, 6490 Broadway, Merrillville
  • Saturday, 12/14, 7a-10a, 6490 Broadway, Merrillville
  • Saturday, 12/21, 10a-12p, 1604 East Lincolnway, Valparaiso

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.

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.

 

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