FAMILY FRIENDLY! Sort Donated Food for Iowans in Need!

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ORGANIZATION: Food Bank of Iowa


Fresh Produce!

Each week the Food Bank of Iowa receives food donations that need to be sorted and organized before being distributed to our over 600 partner agencies. Volunteers can help get the food to our agencies and the Iowans that need it most by participating in this process! Examples include boxing meals for families, organizing food by category, checking food for safety and quality, and working in our clean room. Every month we move 1.5 million pounds of food and it is only possible with the support of volunteers in our incredible community. Be a part of this effort and sign up today!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Check condition of donated items, including dates, to ensure safety of consumption.
  • Sort and place checked items into the appropriate categories or boxes or bins.
  • Break down cardboard for recycling and dispose of trash.
  • Support/Training: Volunteers will be given instructions upon arrival, and will have staff support throughout their shift.
  • Mondays: 1:30pm-4pm
  • Tuesdays: 1:30pm-4pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-11:30am; 1:30pm-4pm; 5pm-7pm
  • Thursdays: 9am-11:30am; 1:30pm-4pm
  • Fridays: 9am-11:30am
  • Saturdays: 9am-11am (1x/month)


  • Able to stand, move, bend, and lift in warehouse environment.
  • 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.

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

Location: 2220 E 17th Street Des Moines Iowa 50316 - please enter through the door marked "Volunteer Center" Questions? Contact Michaela B. Devaney

2 Shifts

  • morning / 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • afternoon / 01:30 PM to 04:00 PM
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About Food Bank of Iowa


2220 E 17th St, Des Moines, IA 50316, US

Mission Statement

The Food Bank of Iowa is a charitable, not-for-profit organization committed to our mission of alleviating hunger through food distribution, partnership and education.


From the time the dock doors opened in 1982, we have maintained our No. 1 priority - maximizing "food in - food out" to meet the critical needs of a diverse population through our network of partner agencies in 55 Iowa counties.

As a non-profit food bank, our primary role is to provide food to the charitable agencies offering direct service to hungry Iowans.

These partner agencies include:

  • Food pantries
  • Soup kitchens
  • Homeless shelters
  • Shelters for victims of domestic violence
  • Nonprofit day care centers
  • Residential care centers
  • Child and senior programs

Along with traditional food banking, the Food Bank of Iowa also operates three successful programs: Backpack Buddies, HUSH and the Fresh Produce Project.


Homeless & Housing
People with Disabilities
Homeless & Housing, Hunger, People with Disabilities


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This opportunity has 2 shifts


2220 E 17th StreetDes MoinesDes Moines, IA 50316



  • Warehousing
  • Inventory Management
  • Operations


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 10
  • 2.5 Hours

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