foodbank_volunteerVolunteers are crucial to supporting the mission of Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB). Last year, WCFB volunteers assisted in distributing food to nearly 104,500 people in Worcester County! WCFB volunteers help provide safe food to the community by sorting, inspecting, and organizing donated food and grocery product.

WCFB is located in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Volunteer opportunities are periodically available in the WCFB warehouse between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday (closed on major holidays). In order to provide a meaningful volunteer experience, WCFB requires that volunteers sign up for a recurring two hour time slot once per week on the same day each week.

  • Individuals must be 13 years or older to volunteer. Volunteers 13 through 15 years of age must be supervised by an adult. Volunteers 16 years and older can volunteer by themselves.
  • The ability to lift and carry 40 pounds is required. The ability to stand is also required.
  • WCFB does not accept court-ordered community service.
  • Volunteer opportunities are not available on evenings or weekends.
  • Due to the warehouse environment, sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Individual Volunteers

foodbank_individual_volunteerProspective volunteers must submit a completed volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation. The two-hour-long orientation is typically held once per month during WCFB business hours.

Please note: If you experience technical difficulty with submitting this online application, please call the Food Bank at (508) 842-3663.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Volunteer Application – Online

Volunteer Application – Printable

Once your application is received we will contact you to discuss available volunteer opportunities and scheduling an orientation.

Volunteer Groups

WCFB accepts volunteer groups periodically and only during regular business hours. Group opportunities fluctuate according to the amount of donations that WCFB receives.

  • The maximum group size is 10 volunteers; a group of 6 to 10 volunteers is optimal.
  • Two volunteer shifts are available for groups, 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:30pm.
  • The minimum age for volunteers in a group is 13 years old.
  • Currently there are no reoccurring weekly or monthly volunteer group opportunities.
  • It is best to contact WCFB a month or two in advance to inquire about group opportunities and schedule a volunteer time.
  • Neither a volunteer application nor orientation is necessary for a group. Groups receive training during the first part of their scheduled volunteer time.
  • Due to the warehouse environment, sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Group Volunteer Inquiry

Other Volunteer Opportunities

When volunteer opportunities at WCFB are unavailable or don’t match your needs for schedule or location, we encourage you to directly contact the following hunger relief organizations that we know are accepting volunteers (updated monthly):

Blackstone, MA
Blackstone-Millville Food Pantry
Phone: (508) 883-3542
Grafton, MA
Community Harvest Project
Phone: (774) 551-6544
Leominster, MA
Ginny’s Helping Hands
Phone: (978) 537-1387
Milford, MA 
Community Supper Milford
Unitarian Universalist Church
Phone: (508) 473-3589

Southbridge, MA 
Southbridge Food Share, Inc.
Phone: (508) 764-6583
Sterling, MA
Wachusett Food Pantry
Phone: (978) 563-1064
Worcester, MA
Daybreak Inc
Phone: (508) 755-5371
Loaves & Fishes
Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester
Phone: (800) 859-6404
Veterans Inc. Food Pantry
Phone: (800) 482-2565 x 196
Winchendon, MA

Winchendon CAC
Phone: (978) 297-1667

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