Volunteer Opportunities


While Foodlink’s traditional volunteering opportunities are suspended due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we have partnered with the United Way of Greater Rochester to recruit healthy volunteers for specific opportunities — all while carefully considering the health and well-being of our staff, and the community.  

Volunteers can use the United Way’s online portal to sign up for various shifts. Currently, we are recruiting volunteers to pack Emergency Food Supply Boxes at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. If you’re willing and able, please consider signing up for a shift: >> Morning shifts (9a-Noon) >> Afternoon shifts (1-4p)

We are also recruiting small groups of volunteers to sort donated food at Foodlink’s Distribution Center. Those shifts are linked below. >> Morning shifts (9a-Noon) >> Afternoon shifts (1-4p)

If there are no shifts available, or if they are filled, you can sign up for the Foodlink Waiting List, and we will alert you about new opportunities, as needed.  >> Foodlink Volunteer Waiting List

 If you have any questions about this change please reach out to the Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Jessica Lockett, at jlockett@foodlinkny.org or 585-413-4094.
As always, thank you for your continued volunteer support and stay safe. 

Thank you, 



  • 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.