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Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities

Project Areas


In our Repack area, volunteers assist on a variety of projects related to sorting through and packing up incoming donations before the food is eventually distributed to our partner programs in the community. Typical Repack projects include: Nonperishable Food Sorting and Packing, Backpacks for Kids Kit Assembly, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program Box Assembly. 


Our Kitchen projects include both Hot Meal Prep and Kids Café Assembly. In these areas, volunteers assist with the preparation and packing of thousands of hot meals and lunches each day before distribution to our partner programs. 


In our Marketplace area, volunteers assist our partner programs with selecting and loading their orders. Throughout the shift, they will also help to keep the Marketplace area organized and easy for agencies to shop in.

Healthy Choice Food Market

The GCFB Community Resource Center hosts a choice pantry, which allows clients to select their own food instead of receiving a pre-packed or standard bag of groceries. With this method, clients do not have to take items they already have, do not like, or cannot eat for health or personal reasons. Volunteers are needed to assist with client check-in, client shopping, loading food into vehicles, organizing and stocking the space, and more!

Refrigerated Donation Intake

The Refrigerated Donation Intake project involves sorting through incoming perishable donations in our Retail Cooler. Be sure to dress warmly if you sign up for this opportunity!

Sustainability Support

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is recruiting volunteers to support our sustainability efforts! Each week, volunteers will support our team's efforts to reduce food waste by helping to unpackage produce and other food items and prepare them for pick-up by Rid All, a local composting partner. 

Click here to learn more about Rid All: 

Volunteers will be working in a refrigerated environment - We recommend bringing your jacket and gloves to use as needed!

Family Volunteer Night

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is excited to offer monthly Family Night shifts! Volunteers aged six and older are invited to participate in lighter-duty projects in our Repack area on the fourth Monday of each month from 6-8 pm. For each shift, we book a maximum of 30 volunteers. Don’t be surprised if they book up quickly!

Because of the popularity of the shifts, we only book volunteers for our Family Nights three months in advance.

Potential projects include:
- Backpacks for Kids
- Packing Nonperishable Donations
- And More!

To check availability and sign up, please email our team: at

Group Volunteering
Group Volunteering

Interested in bringing a group out to volunteer? Fill out a volunteer group request form.

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