Food Bank of the Rockies has an immediate need for volunteers, so that we can continue providing food assistance to our community and partners. With uncertainty around work and pay during this pandemic, volunteers are more critical than ever in our ability to respond.
We need healthy individuals and groups to continue helping us provide food to those facing hunger in our community. We have increased safety measures to protect our volunteers and are limiting volunteer shifts to fewer than 50 people per shift. Volunteers will be split into small work teams throughout the warehouse, to increase social distancing.
We do welcome corporate and community groups to volunteer at this time. However, group limits have been downsized. Groups with 20 or fewer people may sign up for shifts at our main distribution center.
Additionally, we have CDC recommended protocols in place to ensure a safe and sanitary environment.
Wondering if you should register to volunteer?
Based on the CDPHE and the CDC, we are asking you the following questions.
- Have you or someone in your household traveled to a country on the CDC’s Level 3 watch list in the last 30 days? At this time, these include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. These may change. See the CDC’s guidelines for the most up-to-date list.
- Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.
- Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a fever, cough or shortness of breath. See the CDC’s symptom information.
If you answered “yes’ to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy. If you have questions, please contact us.
If you are healthy, please sign-up by clicking the most appropriate link in the sign up box below. If you see full shifts, please check back often, as volunteer capacity is changing daily.
We would prefer you be overly cautious. If you suspect you may be ill or display symptoms, please stay home. Symptoms can include a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
You can be a hunger hero
At Food Bank of the Rockies, we believe everyone deserves to thrive. We invite you to join us in providing hope for our neighbors in need.
Please note: We place volunteers in different areas because our needs change daily. Not all opportunities are available every day at every branch. We appreciate your flexibility to volunteer where you and/or your group can help us the most.
Stay in touch
Check out what we have going on this month in our Volunteer Newsletter.
Denver Volunteer Opportunities
We need volunteers all year long. Our shifts are Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 12:00 pm and 12:15 pm – 3:30 pm. We also have Saturday opportunities which fill up quickly. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old (accompanied by an adult) or 16 years old to volunteer on their own. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to volunteer in our kitchen. On Saturdays, prior authorization is required for younger volunteers.
Because our needs change daily, we place volunteers in the areas we need them most. Not all opportunities are available every day at every branch. We appreciate your flexibility to volunteer where you and/or your group can help us the most. If you have restrictions, please let our team know in advance.
Denver Main Facility:
Community Kitchen: Volunteers help prepare meals for our Kid’s Cafe program. Work may include prepping food, cooking, cleaning, and other duties. Volunteers must be 18 or older for this area.
Warehouse: Volunteers working in Distribution will help pull and build agency orders using warehouse inventory. Dock volunteers assist partner agencies with loading food and help sort product in our Fresh Food Center. Both Distribution and Dock volunteers should be prepared to walk for an extended amount of time and lift up to 30 pounds. Volunteers working in Reclamation will inspect, clean, sort, and box items received through food drives and grocery rescue for distribution to clients. This area requires an attention to detail and is a low-impact to physical area. Volunteers working in CSFP will work in an assembly line filling boxes for our senior program. A variety of positions within this area are available from low-impact to physical tasks.
Volunteers help pull and build orders for our USDA program from warehouse inventory, ensuring that the orders are correct and ready to be picked up in a timely manner. Volunteers should be prepared to walk for an extended amount of time and lift up to 30 pounds.