Volunteering

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. In 2017, over 2,600 volunteers generously contributed more than 39,000 hours of their time – equivalent to 19 full-time staff! These volunteers helped us collect, sort, repack and distribute 9.2 million pounds of food!

Most volunteer positions are a regular, weekly 2-3 hour shift that fall on a weekday, Monday-Friday, between 9 am and 6 pm. We also have a few shifts on Saturdays in Loveland. Please note we are unable to accommodate volunteers under the age of ten with the exception of certain special events. Please visit our special event volunteer opportunities below for events that need volunteers of all ages. In order to become an ongoing volunteer, we ask that you attend a Volunteer Orientation at the Food Bank where you can learn about the different volunteer opportunities.

To get started, please complete and submit the volunteer questionnaire. Then follow this link to schedule your orientation.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Bank, there are a variety of options that fit almost any schedule.

Food Share Assistant

Food Share Assistants provide direct service to our guests in Food Share, our client-choice, fresh food pantries in Fort Collins and Loveland. In this area you will be able to see firsthand how your contribution is changing the lives of people in need in Larimer County and work directly with the families who receive this much-needed food.

Opportunities include: Greeting guests, stocking, sorting

Community Kitchen Assistant

Kitchen volunteers help prepare healthy, made-from-scratch meals and snacks for our child and senior programs.

Opportunities include: Preparing and portioning food for Kids Cafe and other programs. No culinary training is necessary.   

Warehouse Assistant

You can help us distribute over 9 million pounds of food this year by volunteering in the Food Bank for Larimer County’s Warehouse.

Opportunities include: Preparing commodity food bags, sorting food drive items, and repacking donated bulk food.

Food Link Assistant

Help the Food Bank for Larimer County provide thousands of pounds of food to over 80 local, non-profit agencies in Larimer County including Crossroads, Catholic Charities, and the House of Neighborly Service.

Opportunities include: Stocking, sorting & cleaning

Flexible Volunteer Shifts – No Orientation Required

Are you interested in volunteering at the Food Bank, but your schedule makes it difficult to commit? Great news! The Food Bank now offers volunteer shifts for individuals or small groups who just want to give it a try or whose schedule doesn’t allow for a weekly shift. These shifts do not require an orientation, so you can get started right away. Shifts are weekdays, 5-7 pm, in Fort Collins Food Share and weekdays, 3-4:30 pm, in Fort Collins Food Link. For more information and to sign-up, click the appropriate link below.

Fort Collins Food Share – 5-7 pm

Fort Collins Food Link – 3-4:30 pm

Group Volunteering

To learn more about Group volunteering or Community Service (Court-referred or restorative justice) opportunities, either submit the questionnaire or email our volunteer manager. These shifts also do not require an orientation.

Special Event Volunteer Opportunities

Empty Bowls 2018

Empty Bowls presented by First National BankSave the date for February 15, 2018, for the next Empty Bowls. For 20 years, Empty Bowls Fort Collins has ladled community hope for those struggling with hunger in Larimer County.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the Hilton Fort Collins

Time: TBA

Learn more about Empty Bowls and stay tuned for volunteer shift opportunities in January.