Volunteer Opportunities


Welcome to Foodlink's Volunteer Calendar!

We're grateful for your interest in helping us to achieve our vision of a healthy, hunger-free community here in Rochester, NY. Our work would not be possible without your support!

To sign up for a volunteer opportunity at Foodlink,  please select an available date and time on our calendar that work's best for your schedule and click the "Sign-Up" Button. If you have not filled out our volunteer application you will be asked to do so in order to secure your spot. For specific information on each volunteer opportunity, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

**Group leaders must first register as an individual and contact Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Jessica Lockett at 585-413-4094 or jlockett@foodlinkny.org to set up a group reservation for any parties over 5 people. 
**Children ages 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult during their volunteer shift.  
**Court-Mandated Community Service hours are not available on this calendar.  Please call Jes Scannell at 585-413-5059 for more information.


Schedule

  • Volunteer Opportunities Descriptions
  • Distribution Center: Volunteers sort through non-perishable food donations to check them for quality. Volunteers are also responsible for categorizing, weighing, and packaging donated items to prepare them for shipment to our partner agencies. Other projects include assembling bags for our weekend BackPack Program and assisting with our Apple Line. Projects are done on an as-needed basis. Must be at least 8 years old.  Ages 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Special Project Volunteers: Foodlink can accommodate individuals and groups with developmental or intellectual disabilities for one-hour volunteer shifts, Tuesday through Friday. Volunteer work consists of low to moderate task such as labeling food products, sorting, and packaging. Projects are done on an as-needed basis. Online registration and sign-up are required from the group leader, as Foodlink no longer accepts walk-in volunteers.
  • Curbside Market: Volunteers will help our Curbside team load/unload produce, perform customer service activities at our various locations, and engage customers about incorporating healthy food into their diets. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Nutrition Education: Volunteers can assist with our Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetable workshops at the Public Market, or with Cooking Matters, a 6-week course run by Foodlink educators designed to teach participants how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients, and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible. 
  • Administrative/Computer Assistance: Occasionally Foodlink needs assistance with various administrative office tasks, including data entry from waiver forms into an Excel document. Volunteers must have experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Foodlink Community Kitchen: Volunteers will help prepare and assemble meals and snacks for children, and perform any tasks needed in the kitchen to ensure the safe and timely delivery of our meals. Please arrive on time. Timeliness is critical for our kitchen production staff. If you are late to your shift, we reserve the right to redirect you to the warehouse for an open volunteering shift.  Must be at least 18 years old.