For these opportunities, unless otherwise instructed, please e-mail volunteer@vtfoodbank.org for more information.


Pick for Your Neighbor (statewide)

Pick for Your Neighbor is a great event for the whole fa mily, groups, businesses and civic groups. At participating u-pick apple orchards around the state, you can pick and purchase apples for donation to the Vermont Foodbank. To learn more about this program, find an orchard near you and get involved,  click here. 

Chefs/Cooks (statewide)

Help us taste and test Vermont Fresh: A Fruit and Vegetable Handbook as well as invent new, budget recipes for our network partners.  This is an at-home volunteer opportunity.  No experience required, just the ability to follow recipes, take photos, offer feedback or invent new recipes for basic fruits and vegetables. For more info, e-mail Michelle Barber at mbarber@vtfoodbank.org.


Food Box Distribution (Bradford, Brandon, Lyndonville, Springfield, St. Johnsbury)

Help us distribute boxes of food to individuals and families in your community. This commitment takes place at a specific time, day and location each month.  




Administrative (Barre and Brattleboro)

If you enjoy working on short-term projects, consider helping us with administrative tasks. Our administrative volunteers help us with data entry, organizing and archiving documents, mailing thank you letters, compiling survey results, and much more. These projects are more sporadic and become more frequent during fall, making this an ideal volunteer opportunity for someone who is available on an on-call basis.



  Click here for more info on gleaning.  SPECIAL NOTE: Join us for a gleaning kick-off party on July 1.  From 6:00-7:00 pm, we'll be at the Buffalo Mountain Co-Op in Hardwick with snacks and info.  For more info, e-mail asolazzo@vtfoodbank.org


Saturday Sort-a-thons (Barre and, by appointment, Brattleboro)

On designated Saturdays, Sort-a-thons are held at the Foodbank from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Volunteers help sort, re-pack or build CSFP boxes in the warehouse, and sometimes even help prepare mailings. Volunteers must be 14 or 15 years old and accompanied by an adult, or 16 years and older to work in the warehouse. Attendance is by appointment only.  Please contact volunteer program services at (800) 585-BANK or volunteer@vtfoodbank.org to sign up for a Sort-a-thon.


Upcoming Saturday Sort-a-thons:

October 18
November 1 - FULL
November 15 - FULL
December 6 - FULL
December 20









Community Repack ( Barre and, by appointment,in Brattleboro
Each week day from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., volunteers gather in our warehouse to sort and re-pack food, or pack boxes for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in the warehouse. For groups of 10 or more, we are happy to arrange volunteer time on Tuesday and Thursday between 9:00 am and 3:30 p.m. We are also open for groups until 8:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Volunteers in the warehouse must be 16 or older, or 14 or 15 if accompanied by an adult.

Saturday Sort-a-thons (Barre and, by appointment,in Brattleboro

Sort-a-thons are great for groups too!  Please see the description above for more info.


Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to volunteer at the Foodbank and cannot be present during volunteer events due to insurance restrictions. If a group of school age children wish to come to the Foodbank to learn about the work we do, take a tour, and talk about age appropriate ways to become involved, please contact Volunteer Services at 802-476-3341 or volunteer@vtfoodbank.org to make those arrangements. 

To volunteer with the Vermont Foodbank, please fill out one of the Vounteer Applications.  If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services at 802-476-3341 or volunteer@vtfoodbank.org.


If you are interested in volunteering at a food shelf or meal site, our map of Vermont Foodbank Network Partners provides locations, hours and contact info. Please feel free to reach out to our Network Partners and tell them you were connected through our website.


NOTE: The Vermont Foodbank is a member of Onion River Exchange (ORE).  To learn more about this program and how you and the Foodbank can benefit, visit ORE on the web at http://www.orexchange.org/.





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