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Space Planner Consultant Volunteer

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Foundation For Essential Needs

  • 6 people are interested

Due to COVID 19, food shelves have faced urgent pressure to create safe and efficient processes to get food to their community members. Many food shelves partner with FFEN on layout redesign to think through the efficient movement of people through their space or designing a space with the capacity to provide fresh food to their community. This is a dynamic role where no two food shelf projects are the same.

Volunteer Position Purpose:

To support food shelves in their capacity to serve their communities, FFEN works alongside food shelves to transform their food shelf. Many times, this looks like a food shelf layout redesign! There are many reasons a food shelf will want to redesign their space; e.g. wanting to create a more welcoming environment for food shelf users, needing to allow for more families to be in their space at once, or switching their distribution model! This position would review the current food shelf layout, and recommend new layout options.


  • Review Current Layout: Volunteers can visit food shelf location during service hours to see the current design in action. Meet with the food shelf contact to hear about current challenges in the space, and their hopes for the new layout.
  • Recommend New Layout Options: Create and document new option(s) for the food shelf contact to review in collaboration with FFEN Staff and volunteers.
  • Client Centered Approach: Collaborate with food shelf leadership and identify other recommendations in relation to client needs


  • Experience in space planning, layout design, architecture, or interior design
  • Ability to document new layout option(s) through online tools, software, or sketches
  • Has access to a computer for consistent communication and documentation
  • Organized and task-driven

Time Commitment:

  • 10-20 hours per food shelf design; includes consultation calls and meetings with clients. We match projects to volunteers after vetting food shelf locations and time availability to fit each volunteers needs.
  • Some daytime availability required to meet with food shelf partners
  • Flexible and remote, with the ability to control meeting times and deadlines


  • Participating in a unique organization supporting the work and sustainability of MN food shelves.
  • Gaining knowledge of the broader hunger relief sector/system and the organizations addressing the issue of hunger and food insecurity.
  • Expanding and building your layout design experience.
  • Experience food flow and a client centered approach while having a localized impact.

To apply for this position, forward your resume and cover letter to : volunteer@ffen.org

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About Foundation For Essential Needs


701 North 3rd Street, Suite 203, Minneapolis, MN 55401, US

Mission Statement

Investing dollars and talent into the transformation and sustainability of Minnesota food shelves.


FFEN is a nimble, innovative and entrepreneurial nonprofit investing dollars and practical expertise into improving the financial and operational capacity of Minnesota food shelves. In the rapidly changing hunger relief environment, we offer pragmatic and free assistance to food shelves reinventing themselves to better serve more clients. We operate by building trust-based relationships with local food shelves and support them to incorporate increased business and service best practices in their work. We believe that a strong and stable food shelf system is critical to our communities and our vision is for the system to provide equitable, healthy & predictable food options throughout the state.



We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Interior Design
  • Interior / Exterior Design
  • Organization
  • Renovation
  • Architecture


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-20 hours per food shelf design. Some daytime availability required to visit food shelf location. Flexible and mostly remote, with the ability to control meeting times and deadlines.

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