Volunteers – Current Opportunities

Volunteers are the face of the food bank!

We rely on our force of over 200 volunteers to achieve our goal of providing high quality groceries to Bellingham families. Volunteering at the food bank will give you the opportunity to meet new people, learn new things, and serve your community.

For home delivery volunteer opportunities, click here.

Our volunteer needs have shifted as we have developed our response to COVID-19.
Please read below before submitting an application and someone will contact you about volunteer opportunities.

An excellent volunteer candidate is:

1. Taking COVID-19 precautions seriously in their work and personal life by wearing masks, limiting their exposure to other people, and keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others when in contact with people not in their household.

2. Happy to participate in standard COVID-19 safety measures while volunteering by wearing a properly fitting mask, keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others at all times, and washing hands regularly.

3. Enthusiastic about engaging in a physically demanding volunteer job, and able to stand for up to 6 hours at a time while twisting, bending, and lifting 20-30 pounds at a time.

4. Able to move efficiently and deliberately and keep up with a fast-paced, team-based work environment.

5. Able to commit to a once a week shift for at least two months. (If you cannot do this, there are other opportunities—please submit an application!)

BFB is taking many precautions to ensure the safety of our volunteers, but If you or someone that you have close contact with is in a high-risk category, please consider staying home and staying safe, rather than increasing your exposure by volunteering at BFB. 

Volunteering Details:

BOX PACKING: Monday-Friday at Bellingham Food Bank

· Daily shifts begin at 9:00 AM. End times vary between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Volunteers must be able to stay for the whole shift.

· Take part in socially distanced assembly line, helping to fill either dry/non-perishable boxes or cold/perishable boxes. 

· Assist with other tasks which support box packing.

· Work in teams of 10 volunteers and several staff people.

· Commitment is a once a week shift for at least two months. If you cannot do this, there is potential to be on the sub list.

DRIVE UP, CONTACT FREE DISTRIBUTION: Tuesday-Thursday at Various Locations in Bellingham

· Shifts are:

Tuesday, 12:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Wednesday, 2:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Thursday, 12:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Volunteers must be able to stay for the whole shift.

· Distribution takes place outdoors in parking lots in all weather.

· Volunteers help to set up pop-up canopies and tables, distribute food boxes, and clean up. The work is customer service oriented and contact free. *Volunteers are not responsible for loading food boxes into visitor’s vehicles.

· Work in teams of 5-8 volunteers and staff people.

· Commitment is once a week shift for at least two months. If you cannot do this, there is potential to be on the sub list.

Nonperishable Group Inquiry Form

*Currently not scheduling group volunteering.*

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