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Pantry Distribution at Community Kitchen & Pantry

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ORGANIZATION: Food Bank For New York City

  • 56 people are interested
Food Bank For New York

(Formerly Grab & Go Pantry Distribution at Community Kitchen & Pantry)

Project Description:
Food Bank for New York City's Community Pantry distributes nutritious bags of groceries to 3,000 households each month, providing nearly 150,000 meals to the community. Volunteers are needed to help pack and distribute grocery bags with fresh produce and shelf-stable items for community members.

Tasks during the shift may include:

  • Packing fresh produce and shelf-stable grocery bags in preparation for distribution to community members.
  • Engaging with community members while distributing bags of groceries.
  • Assisting with pantry clean-up at end of shift.
  • Assisting with other pantry tasks, like sorting donations, as needed.

Things to consider:
  • We ask that volunteers are comfortable lifting 30-40 pounds repeatedly.
  • If you are bilingual, please let us know onsite!
  • We ask that you are flexible as the positions may vary or change based on the demand of distribution for the day.
  • Limited onsite storage is available for personal belongings, but we recommend traveling light and leaving valuables at home. Please bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the shift.
  • If you are interested in volunteering with a group, please email to coordinate!
  • All volunteers must agree to our Volunteer Waiver, Covid-19 Waiver, and Photo Release Waiver in order to participate.
  • Please only register for this opportunity if you are sure you can attend for the full shift duration. If anything changes with your availability, please cancel your registration on the Volunteer Portal at least 24 hours in advance.

Shift Schedule:
  • Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm and 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesdays 11:30am-3:30pm and 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm and 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Saturdays 10:30am-2:30pm
Dress Code:
  • Volunteers are expected to present a neat appearance and dress according to the requirements of the volunteer shift.
  • We ask that volunteers do not wear revealing attire such as muscle shirts, crop tops, "short shorts" or see-through clothing.
  • Sturdy, closed-toe, closed-heel shoes are required for safety. Ballet flats, loafers, sandals, slide shoes, flip flops, Crocs, and high-heels are not allowed.
  • Outdoor activity may be required, so please wear weather-appropriate attire.
  • During colder months, please be sure to dress in warm layers. Indoor temperatures will vary due to frequent activity in and out of the pantry.
  • Our staff reserves the right to turn away or reassign volunteers not dressed appropriately for their shift.

Age Requirements:
  • Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to participate.
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 must have our Volunteer Waiver, Covid-19 Waiver and Photo Release Waiver complete by a parent/legal guardian in advance of their volunteer shift.
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 should contact at least 3 business days in advance of their first shift to confirm they have met our chaperone and waiver requirements.
  • Please note that our capacity to accommodate youth volunteers is subject to availability.

COVID-19 Policies:
Revised 10/5/2022
  • Food Bank for New York City has implemented regulations, policies, and protocols that will be continually updated and revised in accordance with on-going public health information and official guidance from the CDC, New York State Department of Health and New York City Department of Health.
  • All volunteers must agree to our current COVID-19 Waiver in order to participate in-person.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 before your shift begins, please cancel your registration and stay home.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms within the 48 hours following your shift, please contact immediately, so we may proceed with the appropriate next steps.
  • Effective Monday, October 10, 2022 face masks will be encouraged, but no longer required while volunteering with Food Bank For New York City.
  • All volunteers who are age 5 and older are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate at in-person volunteering. Full vaccination status is defined as having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the event.
    • Volunteers 18 and older are also required to show a photo ID along with their proof of vaccination.
    • Sufficient proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be demonstrated by displaying:
      • A photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card
      • NYC COVID Safe App
      • New York State Excelsior App
      • Official vaccine record
      • A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm or Sinovac

  • All volunteers must register on Food Bank for New York City's Volunteer Portal in order to participate:

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About Food Bank For New York City


39 Broadway, Floor 10, New York, NY 10006, US

Mission Statement

To end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. For volunteer opportunities, please visit us at


Founded in 1983, Food Bank For New York City operates the country's largest food bank, providing community food programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City with food, related products and support services. Today we distribute more than 51 million pounds of food every year to over 1,200 community-based programs that serve free meals to the City's hungry. These programs include soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior centers, low-income day care centers and other nonprofit programs that reach out to people in need of food. Operating out of our Bronx-based warehouse Food Bank For New York City collects, inspects, and distributes millions of pounds of food. Food Bank For New York City also provides support services to the City's emergency food providers by hosting nutrition and food safety workshops, networking sessions and other education initiatives. We use our central role in the City's anti-hunger effort to provide legislators, advocates and the media with information about hunger in the City so that they may formulate effective policy and heighten public awareness of this important issue. Food Bank For New York City is a certified member of the Second Harvest National Food Bank Network.


Community, Hunger, Seniors


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252 W 116th StreetNew York, NY 10026




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Varies, 3-4 hours
  • All volunteers must register on Food Bank for New York City's Volunteer Portal in order to participate:¬†

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