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Individuals and Group Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. Our Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to determine which opportunity is most appropriate.

Sorting Non-perishable Food Donations: All non-perishable donations received by the NH Food Bank need to be sorted and repacked into boxes with similar items before we can distribute them. Volunteers involved in this process help us check the quality of all items before being sorted for distribution. This task may require some lifting and standing for the duration of the activity.

Sorting Fresh Rescue Recovery Meat: Every day, the NH Food Bank trucks bring back a variety of frozen meat that needs to be sorted into distributable containers. Volunteers involved in this process inspect the meat for any signs of contamination or damaged packaging and sort all the good product into boxes that we can distribute to Food Bank agencies. This task requires some bending, lifting, and standing for the duration of the activity.

Production Garden: Our Garden Coordinator manages our production garden in Manchester, growing fresh vegetables for the NH Food Bank to distribute. During the spring, summer, and fall, volunteers help with gardening tasks like planting, weeding, harvesting, and preparing the fields. These tasks are performed outdoors and volunteers should be prepared for physical activity in whatever weather conditions are expected for the day.

Farm Gleaning: Throughout the summer and fall seasons, the NH Food Bank schedules time with local farms to go and glean any leftover produce from their fields. This activity often involves picking vegetables from the ground or the plants and boxing them up to bring back to the Food Bank for distribution. Volunteers would likely be involved in bending, lifting, and carrying boxes. Farm gleaning will be performed even in inclement weather, so we ask volunteers to be prepared for whatever conditions their scheduled time might bring.

Special Events: The NH Food Bank hosts several events throughout the year and often seeks volunteers to help out with these events. Activities often vary depending on the event

Administrative Support Tasks: On the occasions where the NH Food Bank has mass mailings, filing, or data entry tasks, or when we need a little extra help with telephone coverage or greeting guests, we look to our volunteers to help us with these needs. Scheduling is based on the availability of a project. 

Inner City Food Drops: Most Saturday mornings, the NH Food Bank brings food to the JFK Coliseum in Manchester to distribute directly to hungry families. Our volunteers help us set up tables and give out the food every week, rain, snow, sleet or shine. Volunteer space is limited with this activity, so we ask interested volunteers to sign up well in advance.

Special Skills: Most of the tasks our volunteers help us with are things that any able and willing person can do without special skills. Some tasks, however, require special skills or special knowledge that are costly to purchase so we are thankful for people who volunteer to help with such matters on a continuing or periodic basis. We can always work with you to find a fun and meaningful way for you to contribute to the NH Food Bank.

General Facility Support: With everything required to move food through our warehouse and into the hands of hungry people, the NH Food Bank staff sometimes needs help keeping up with general facility tasks like mowing the grass, washing windows, and keeping our racks dust-free. Projects like these are good for individual volunteers and those with difficulty fitting other opportunities into their schedules.

Forms

Each volunteer will need to fill out and sign the forms below before they can begin any volunteer activity.  To save time, you can print these from home and bring the completed forms to the Food Bank on your assigned day!  Please note that any volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the forms as well. 



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