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Volunteer Department FAQs

A list of our most Frequently Asked Question about volunteering at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Q: How do I sign up online to volunteer?
A: Click on the Sign Up to Volunteer button above to check availability and sign-up for upcoming volunteer shifts: 

  • If you are a new user, you will need to create a free profile by clicking on the “Register” link.
  • Follow the step by step instructions and submit your user profile.
Please Note: if you are wanting to schedule a GROUP, please register and sign up for the preferred shift date and time you want. Then, contact our Volunteer Department to reserve the remaining slots for your group.

Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?
13 years old for food sorting and packing in the warehouse. For Community Gardens it is 6 years old +adult per child depending on which projects are being assigned at that time. For Pantry Assistants in the Kroger Community Pantry, volunteers must be 16 years old or older, or they must be accompanied by an adult if between the ages of 11 and 15. Volunteers under 11 years of age are not able to assist in the Pantry.

Q: Do you accept court-ordered volunteers?

Q: What do I wear while I am volunteering?
No open-toed shoes (e.g. NO sandals, flip flops, or open-toed high heels) Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Because of the continuous lifting and repacking, we also recommend not wearing loose jewelry like rings, watches or necklaces. You may also want to wear layers - depending on the project you'll be assigned to, temperature in the building and warehouse can vary.

Q: Where are you located?
3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City OH 43123. ***if address is different, it will be listed in the event summary.

Q: Is there parking?
Yes. There is plenty of free parking. However, as part of our building's LEED Gold Certification, we do encourage you to carpool when possible.

Q: What will I be doing?
VolunteerHubMost of our volunteer jobs are around sorting, inspecting and repacking food donations. We do not assign them in advance as number of volunteers and packing priorities can change at the last minute. You may be inspecting food items for damage, boxing frozen meats, bagging produce, assembling care packages, or any other of a number of important projects!

If you are volunteering in the Pantry, you could be helping to check in folks who are seeking for assistance, stocking shelves, assisting families in choosing their groceries, and/or helping people out to their vehicles.

Q: How do I sign up my entire group on VolunteerHub?
You can register on VolunteerHub for an account with your contact information. Then, find a shift on the schedule that works for your team. Sign up for one slot for that shift, then contact the Volunteer Department to reserve additional slots.

Q: Do you have lockers?
Yes. We provide the lockers in a secure area. We provide the locks, or you can bring your own lock.

Q: Can I bring in snacks?
Yes, we do have a kitchen in the volunteer area where you can store drinks and, snacks or prepare food for your group.

Q: What are your volunteer hours?
In the food sorting and packing area, we offer shifts Monday through Friday and most Saturdays with several shifts between 9:00 A.M. - Noon and between 1:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.. During weekday evenings, we offer Tuesdays from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M..  During the school months (September through May), Thursdays are available from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Our on-site pantry is also open on Tuesday afternoons and evenings, Friday mornings, and Saturday mornings. Shifts vary during these time periods, so feel free to check for the most up-to-date information.

Q: Do I need to schedule in advance or just show up?
All projects must be scheduled in advance to plan for staffing and materials needed. Once you are scheduled, you will receive a confirmation e-mail immediately as well as a reminder e-mail (as long as you provide an email address) shortly before your shift. If you do not have an e-mail account, please contact our Volunteer Department to get full details.

Sound Interesting?

You can call the Volunteer Department directly at 614-317-9703 or email the volunteer department if you have questions.