Volunteering

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Last year, Food Bank volunteers generously contributed more than 46,000 hours of their time – equivalent to 23 full-time staff! These volunteers helped us collect, sort, repack and distribute nearly 10 million pounds of food last year.

Volunteer Opportunities

Individual

If you are interested in helping the Food Bank respond to the needs of your community, please complete the Volunteer Application. We have many volunteer opportunities and would love to have you join us!

Volunteers 10 years of age or older are welcome. Please review the Individual Volunteer FAQs below for more information.

Individual Volunteer FAQs

I want to volunteer with the Food Bank. What’s the first step?
To get started as a volunteer with the Food Bank, just complete the Volunteer Application. Once we receive your application one of our volunteer coordinators will follow up with next steps.

I can only volunteer on the weekends. Do you have shifts on Saturday?
Yes! We recently expanded our pantry schedule to include Saturdays. You can volunteer at either our Blue Spruce Dr. pantry in Fort Collins or our Lincoln Ave. pantry in Loveland.

My child want wants to volunteer with me. Do I need to complete an application for her as well?
Yes, we ask that each person volunteering complete an application. If your child does not have an email address, please use your email address.

What are the requirements for children under 16 who wish to volunteer?
Ages 10-15 can serve, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Do you have volunteer opportunities at all of your locations?
Yes, there are volunteer options at each of the following locations:

  • Fort Collins pantry: 1301 Blue Spruce Drive
  • Loveland pantry: 2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Loveland warehouse and business office: 5706 Wright Drive

When can I volunteer?
Our ours of operations have changed due to COVID-19. Currently, these are days, times and locations to volunteer at the Food Bank:

  • Fort Collins pantry: 1301 Blue Spruce Drive
    • Tuesday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm
  • Loveland pantry: 2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
    • Tuesday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm
  • Loveland warehouse and business office: 5706 Wright Drive
    • Monday through Friday, 9am – 3:30pm

Can I sign up to only work for an hour at a time?
Yes, we realize not everyone can regularly give two hours of time and we are happy to work with you on a flexible schedule.

What should I wear when I come to volunteer?
During COVID-19, we do require all individuals to wear a face covering when inside our facilities. In addition, all volunteers must wear closed toe shoes. For your comfort you may want to dress in layers and include a light pullover.

I have other questions that aren’t answered here, who can I contact for answers?
Our volunteer coordinators are happy to answer any questions about getting started with the Food Bank. You can email our volunteer coordinators or call 970-530-3113 or 970-829-0155.

Group

Are you part of a group that wants to shake up the daily grind? If so, have your group lead complete the Group Volunteer Event Application and a member of our Volunteer team will reach out about next steps!

Note that our group slots fill up quickly, so reserve your spot soon. Please review the Group Volunteer FAQs below for more information.

Group Volunteer FAQs

I am part of a group that wants to volunteer with the Food Bank. What’s the first step?
To get started with group volunteering with the Food Bank, just complete the Group Volunteer Interest Form. Once we receive your form, one of our volunteer coordinators will follow up with next steps.

My group can only volunteer on the weekends. Do you have shifts on Saturday?
Yes! We recently expanded our pantry schedule to include Saturdays. You can volunteer at either our Blue Spruce Dr. pantry in Fort Collins or our Lincoln Ave. pantry in Loveland.

Do you have group volunteer opportunities at all of your locations?
Yes, there are group volunteer options at each of the following locations:

  • Fort Collins pantry: 1301 Blue Spruce Drive
  • Loveland pantry: 2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Loveland warehouse and business office: 5706 Wright Drive

When can our group volunteer?
Because of COVID-19 distancing and safety requirements, we must first evaluate each group volunteer request to see how we can accommodate. Our volunteer coordinators will work with your team to determine the best fit for your group.

Our current COVID-19 volunteer days, times and locations are as follows:

  • Fort Collins pantry: 1301 Blue Spruce Drive
    • Tuesday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm
  • Loveland pantry: 2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
    • Tuesday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm
  • Loveland warehouse and business office: 5706 Wright Drive
    • Monday through Friday, 9am – 3:30pm

What should I wear when I come to volunteer?
During COVID-19, we require all individuals to wear a face covering when inside our facilities. In addition, all volunteers must wear closed toe shoes. For your comfort you may want to dress in layers and include a light pullover.

Community Service

The Food Bank provides options for those required to complete court-referred or lawyer-appointed community service.

If you are interested in completing court-referred community service through the Food Bank, you must submit the Court-Referred Volunteer Application to determine eligibility. Please review the requirements below. If you need to work longer shifts to complete your service more quickly, please speak to anyone on our Volunteer Coordination team to help create a schedule for you.

Community Service Requirements

Due to the high-risk nature of our clientele, we cannot allow court-referred volunteers who have been, or expect to be, charged with the following charges:

  • No felony charges accepted
  • Assault (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Sexual Assault (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Contribution to the delinquency of a minor (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Identity theft (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Domestic violence (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Child abuse and/or endangerment (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Theft (misdemeanor or felony)

Court-Referred Age Requirements

  • Ages 10-15 can serve, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Ages 16-17 can serve without a parent or guardian, but only with express parent or guardian permission and signed liability waiver
  • Ages 18 or older can serve with no parental or guardian accompaniment

Take a Tour

With locations in Fort Collins and Loveland, there’s a volunteer opportunity to fit just about every schedule and preference. We have volunteer opportunities at our warehouse, food pantries, commercial kitchen, business office and more. Sometimes though, figuring out what slot to sign up for is the hardest part. Take a quick tour to learn more and determine which role is right for you.

Thank you for your willingness to help and we can’t wait to meet you!

If you have further questions, or just can’t decide, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinators and they will help you find the right fit at the Food Bank.

Volunteer Coordination Team
Kimberly, Tasha, Ashlen & Elizabeth
Fort Collins Fresh Food Share: 970-829-0161
Loveland Fresh Food Share: 970-829-0162
Email: volunteerinfo@foodbanklarimer.org