Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for choosing Food Bank of Iowa! Volunteers make it possible for us to support 55 Iowa counties through partnership with 625 agencies. These agencies are food pantries, homeless shelters, school pantries, BackPack programs, and more. People like you make it possible for us to say yes to donations in all shapes and sizes. You as an individual, your family, or your group can sign up for a shift to make a difference today. Groups of five or more should contact volunteer@foodbankiowa.org to ensure they get the reservations they need together. 

Qualifications:

  • Able to stand, move, bend and lift in a warehouse environment
  • Able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds
  • Able to read printed dates on packaging
  • Able to safely use box cutter, packing tape dispenser, and other packing tools as needed.

Age Requirement:  For safety reasons, all volunteers in the warehouse must be 10 or older. and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Events outside of the warehouse can accommodate children of all ages. Please check event descriptions.

Dress Code:  Closed-toe shoes are required in the warehouse.  Also, please dress comfortably and in layers.  The temperature in the warehouse can vary.

COVID-19 VOLUNTEER SAFETY:

Please read as you will be required to agree to the following standards

 

Temperatures will betaken for all volunteers before entering the volunteer center and anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees F or above we will ask to go home. We thank you for your understanding as we prioritize the health of staff and volunteers.

 

If you or anyone in your household has experienced the following in the past 48 hours we ask that you please go home to keep staff and volunteers safe:

·        Runny nose

·        Sinus congestion

·        Sore throat

·        Cough

·        Headache and/or Body aches

·        Nausea and/or Vomiting

·        Diarrhea

·        Fever and/or Chills

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS DURING YOUR SHIFT:

·        Hands must be washed before your volunteer shift

o  IMPORTANT:Hands MUST be re-washed if the following happens:

§ Touching of face

§ After a sneeze or a cough

§ Touching of personal items (Phone, Keys, Wallet)

·        A mask must be worn while you are inside the Food Bank of Iowa (a bandana, scarf or a face mask are acceptable – FBOI is asking volunteers to make face masks to have them on hand for volunteers who do not have access to a mask)

·        Personal Items must be kept in the lockers to avoid contamination of hands (example:touching phone to answer call or grabbing keys to open a box)

·        Please remain 6 feet apart at all times if you come from separate households

·        Gloves will be available throughout your shift – please note that gloves are not in lieu of washing your hands and all protocol must be followed as though you are not wearing gloves. For example - if you touch your face you must change your gloves.

·        Hands MUST be washed after your shift before returning home 

Schedule

We could not do it without you!


COVID-19 VOLUNTEER SAFETY:

Please read and verbally agree to the following standards

 

Temperatures will betaken for all volunteers before entering the volunteer center and anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees F or above we will ask to go home. We thank you foryour understanding as we prioritize the health of staff and volunteers.

 

If you or anyone in your household has experienced the following in the past 48 hours we ask that you please go home to keep staff and volunteers safe:

·        Runny nose

·        Sinus congestion

·        Sore throat

·        Cough

·        Headache and/or Body aches

·        Nausea and/or Vomiting

·        Diarrhea

·        Fever and/or Chills

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS DURING YOUR SHIFT:

·        Hands must be washed before your volunteer shift

o  IMPORTANT:Hands MUST be re-washed if the following happens:

§ Touching of face

§ After a sneeze or a cough

§ Touching of personal items (Phone, Keys, Wallet)

·        A mask must be worn while you are inside the Food Bank of Iowa (a bandana, scarf or a face mask are acceptable – FBOI is asking volunteers to make face masks to have them on hand for volunteers who do not have access to a mask)

·        Personal Items must be kept in the lockers to avoid contamination of hands (example:touching phone to answer call or grabbing keys to open a box)

·        Please remain 6 feet apart at all times if you come from separate households

·        Gloves will be available throughout your shift – please note that gloves are not in lieu of washing your hands and all protocol must be followed as though you are not wearing gloves. For example - if you touch your face you must change your gloves.

·        Hands MUST be washed after your shift before returning home