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. When choosing your volunteer date please schedule yourself a WEEK in advance. This will allow our team to properly prepare for your arrival. 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 Reservations: To set up a group reservation please contact our Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Jessica Lockett, at 585-413-4094 or jlockett@foodlinkny.org. Group Reservations begin with parties of 5. Group leaders should fill out the volunteer application as an individual first. DO NOT, self-schedule on the calendar below.

*Child Volunteers: Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult during their volunteer shift, and have the child volunteer application filled out on their behalf. This application can be returned on the day of their shift. Parents or Guardians may self-schedule on the calendar below, but should contact Volunteer Programs Coordinator to specify they are bringing a minor.

* Court-Mandated Volunteers: Foodlink is currently NOT accepting Court-Mandated Volunteers until September 30th


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.