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Use your language skills to help connect Seniors to our Food Distributions in Minneapolis! (Age 18+)

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ORGANIZATION: Second Harvest Heartland

  • 3 people are interested

Through our Senior Hunger Program, Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over. Volunteers in this role provide excellent customer service to our seniors and works alongside other volunteers to ensure the distribution runs smoothly. Site Volunteers need to be comfortable with face-to-face interaction, working with participants who may speak a different language, and comfortable working with confidential information.

Volunteers in this unique role will utilize their language skills to assist with translation of documents, program enrollment or re-certification, and on-site outreach to eligible participants.

Site Distribution Locations:

  • 5th Ave. High Rise, Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis
    • 2nd Wednesday of the month, 9 -11 a.m.
      • Bilingual English/Somali speaker desired
  • Horn Towers. Lyn Lake area of Minneapolis
    • 3rd Thursday of the month, 12:25 - 1:30 p.m.
      • Bilingual English/Somali speaker desired
  • Yorktown Continental, Edina
    • 1st Wednesday of the month, 10am - 2pm
      • Bilingual English/Chinese, Vietnamese, or Hmong desired

What You'll Do in this Role:

  • Assist Site Partner with set up for food box distribution
  • Assist participants in moving through sign-in process and food pick-up area
  • Verify participants income eligibility once every three years
  • Help participants lift and load a 35+ lb. box of groceries repeatedly throughout the shift

Minimum Requirements:

  • Friendly, helpful customer service demeanor
  • Willingness to interact patiently and with empathy with participants from all ethnicities
  • Must be reliable and punctual
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to be on your feet for the duration of the distribution
  • Ability to meet Second Harvest Heartland guidelines for background check: we will be conducting criminal background checks for all volunteers in this position. We reserve the right to decline working with a volunteer, or dismiss a current volunteer, based on the results of the background check.

Time Requirements and Schedule:

  • Total time requirement: Once monthly for 1.5 - 4 hours, for a minimum of 6 months
  • Schedule: Daytime hours required; exact schedule (date/time) varies by site based. See locations above for site's distribution schedule.
  • Work Site: On-Site Distribution Location

To Apply: Visit the opportunity on our portal, https://volunteer.2harvest.org/, and if the opportunity sounds like a good fit for you, click on "Respond" to express your interest and complete the initial steps in the process. After responding, you’ll get an email confirming your interest and a link to our application.

Questions?: Contact Bri Johnson, bjohnson@2harvest.org

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About Second Harvest Heartland


7101 Winnetka Ave No., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Second Harvest Heartland is to end hunger through community partnerships. At Second Harvest Heartland, our volunteer partners do more than enrich our work, they ground us to our mission of ending hunger together. We integrate volunteers into all aspects of creating and delivering solutions that will free our neighbors of hunger.


More than a food bank, Second Harvest Heartland is a leading partner in the policies and programs that work to end hunger, like SNAP, school meals and senior nutrition programs, and we’re an innovator in the areas where food can be the solution, like FOODRx and Minnesota Central Kitchen.

Second Harvest Heartland is a member of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. Membership means access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations from manufacturers and producers throughout the country.

Working with our network of partners, volunteers and donors as well as people like you, our 90,000+ square feet of dry, refrigerator and freezer space is constantly accepting and distributing donations. Our fleet of trucks travels nearly half a million miles a year, picking up food donations and delivering them to local food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and children's after school programs. Each year we distributed more than 100 million meals to our partners in hunger-relief. Learn more at 2harvest.org.

Click here to visit our volunteer portal www.volunteer.2harvest.org and view all available opportunities.


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Hunger, Immigrants & Refugees, Seniors


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Multiple locations Minneapolis, MN 55408



  • Customer Service
  • People Skills
  • Bilingual
  • Food Delivery / Distribution




  • Background Check
  • Once monthly role for a 6 to 12-month commitment
  • Bilingual

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