Thousands of volunteers from all walks of life lend their time and talents to support the work of the Kansas Food Bank. Some volunteer once, others on an almost full-time basis. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete our online volunteer registration form and we will add you to our volunteer mailing list and send you information about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Hunger in America 2014
We are now accepting volunteers to assist us with the largest nationwide hunger study. The Hunger Study begins in April 2013 and will conclude in August. Click here for more information.
Fill Food 4 Kids Backpacks
Our biggest need is for volunteers to help fill 7,000 zip-bags of food per week for our Food-4-Kids backpack program during the school year. These bags of single-serve, kid-friendly foods are distributed to the state’s hungriest kids, ensuring that they will have something to eat over weekends when they are away from school meal programs. You can learn more about this program on the Food 4 Kids page, or by contacting Larry Gunkel at (316) 265-FOOD or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, we can also use volunteers for Office Work (answering phones, filing, scanning, etc.) and Warehouse Work (sorting donated food, loading vehicles, cleaning, etc.). You can indicate which types of work you would be willing to volunteer your time for when you complete the online volunteer registration form. We will email you when volunteer opportunities for your specific skill-set become available.
We welcome groups of volunteers from small to large, particularly during the school year to help pack for the Food 4 Kids program. Volunteer groups need to schedule their time a few days to a week in advance to ensure that we have projects for them to work on, that they don’t conflict with other groups that may be scheduled at the same time, and that we have sufficient staff available to work with them. If you would like to bring a group to volunteer, please call us and ask to speak with our volunteer coordinator Larry Gunkel by calling (316) 265-FOOD, or by email: email@example.com
Volunteer Policies & Information
In order to ensure the safety of our volunteers, the food in the warehouse, and that all of our volunteers have a good and productive time, we ask that you follow these guidelines when you visit our facility:
- Dress Code: The temperature in the warehouse varies by season, so please dress accordingly. A light jacket is recommended in winter. Please wear closed-toe shoes, like sneakers, to protect your feet. For safety reasons, we ask that you not use your cellphone or MP3 player or other listening devices while in the warehouse. Pants must be worn at the waist with a belt if necessary; no sagging allowed.
- Children: Children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the warehouse unsupervised. If you bring children with you, we ask that you have at least one adult for every 4 children to monitor them and ensure their safety in the warehouse. No young children under the age of 5 are allowed. No strollers are allowed.
- Food & Drinks: As funny as it may sound… no food or drinks are allowed in the warehouse, with the exception of bottled water, which must remain capped to prevent spills. We have a break room with water available, and a refrigerator to store your lunch if you bring one with you.
- Personal Belongings: We have a limited area for storing personal belongings. We ask that you leave most in your car. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Parking: Volunteers should park inside the fenced area on the east side of the building, along the fence facing the highway.
- COURT-ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE: Please note that volunteers must be 18 years or older and *NOT* currently completing a *court-ordered* community service requirement to participate. If you need to make arrangements to do *court-ordered* community service, please call us M-F, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and ask to schedule Community Service.
Volunteer Terms of Service
Waiver of Liability
By volunteering at the Kansas Food Bank, you are assuming all risk of injury associated with your volunteer participation on the premises of the Food Bank or Food Bank activities conducted off-site. You are not considered an employee of the Food Bank and are not, therefore, covered by the Food Bank’s workers’ compensation insurance. By volunteering, you also release the Food Bank and its representatives, sponsors, and supervisors from any and all claims, causes of action, and liability arising from or relating to your activities as a volunteer. You agree to comply with all posted safety instructions and follow the directions provided by Food Bank staff and assigned supervisors. Firearms and weapons are not permitted on Food Bank premises.
By entering our premise, you agree that the Food Bank and its representatives may take photographs, videos, and other images of you, and you consent to the Food Bank’s use of the photographs, videos, and other images taken or produced. The Food Bank may use those items in fundraising, for marketing and promotional purposes, and in electronic media for an unlimited time period, and you will not be entitled to receive any compensation, payment, royalty or other remuneration from the Food Bank.