Volunteer

Together we can fight hunger and feed hope in our community. Volunteer Today!

We are grateful for your interest in helping the St. Louis Area Foodbank in our fight to ease food insecurity across our region. Our efforts would not be possible without volunteers of all ages and abilities.

Whether you volunteer to sort and pack meals, help with distribution, or donate your own talents, it is easy to see the positive impact you are making in the lives of our neighbors and communities. In 2020, volunteers helped the St. Louis Area Foodbank provide 44.8 million meals across 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois by donating 59,000 hours of service. To learn more about our volunteer programs see the specific opportunities and descriptions listed below.

COVID-19 Update – Friday, July 23rd, 2021

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is continuing the mask mandate for volunteers until further notice. This is in response to government guidance as well as to respect the safety and wellbeing of all those who come through our doors. We appreciate your cooperation as we continue to navigate the changing environment of COVID-19.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive, or have traveled internationally, please reschedule any volunteer shifts within the 14-day quarantine window. You can do so through VolunteerHub or by calling 314-292-6262.Keeping our volunteers, staff and our neighbors safe continues to be a top priority, and as such we will have masks, gloves, and sanitizer available throughout our facility.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Our efforts at the St. Louis Area Foodbank would not be possible without volunteers like you!

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Volunteer Center: Sorting and Repackaging Projects

The work done in our Volunteer Center would take 21 full-time employees to complete. Volunteers make our mission possible! We can accommodate volunteers ages 3 and up.

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Distribution Events

Multiple times a month, the Foodbank hits the road to deliver large quantities of food directly to communities in need. Venture out across our service territory to assist us or our partners with distributions by handing out food, setting up and cleaning up.

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Other Ways to Help

Would you like to use your talents on a regular basis to help the Foodbank? If so, complete an application to tell us about you and send it to volunteers@stlfoodbank.org. We will be in touch to discuss what opportunities might be available.

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Volunteer at a Pantry

Many of our agency partners are in need of volunteers. And the best part? They’re right in your backyard! Click the link below and enter your address to get a list of pantries closest to you. The list includes contact information, so feel free to call the pantry directly to ask about volunteer opportunities.

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Lead Volunteers

Have you volunteered in our Volunteer Center before and are looking to volunteer at least once a month? Then consider becoming a Lead Volunteer! Lead Volunteers work regularly in the Volunteer Center and help our staff train, lead and support other volunteers through daily projects. Check out the Lead Volunteer job description to learn more about what our Lead Volunteers do.

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Internships

Are you a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program? Consider applying for an internship to earn class credit and valuable non-profit experience. See our current internship opportunities on the career page of our website.

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Offsite Teambuilding Events

Bring our fun and rewarding volunteer experience to your workplace, school, place of worship, or conference. Sponsor a team building activity and help provide more nutritious meals to hungry people across the region. Learn more about our Fighting Hunger Together program or contact Derek May at 314.292.5398.

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Special Events

Throughout the year, the Foodbank hosts or participates in special events, and we need volunteers to make it possible! Join us here at the Foodbank or out in the community and assist with event registration, raffles, special food distributions, and more! See what special events we have coming up and register to lend a hand below.

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Volunteer From Home

Volunteer from home and make Hope Notes for people receiving food boxes. The St. Louis Area Foodbank is collecting notes of encouragement for seniors in need of food. Your illustrated notes and/or cards will be included in food boxes distributed in Missouri and Illinois.

Please send your cards to
St. Louis Area Foodbank
ATTN: Philanthropy Office
70 Corporate Woods Drive
Bridgeton, MO  63044

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Group Volunteering

If you have a group you would like to bring in to volunteer, please contact Mary Cooper for assistance.

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