Giving Takes Time
Volunteers are essential to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Nearly 20 percent of the food we receive must be sorted and packaged before it’s delivered to people in need. Whether it’s one day a year or a few hours a week, your hands-on contributions of time and energy help us get food where and when it’s needed most.
One person or a big group. Weekday and several evenings and weekends. Morning or evening. We work with you to arrange a volunteer opportunity that suits you.
Ways To Give
Food Reclamation and Repacking
What is it? We Inspect and determine the safety of donated foods that were damaged at the grocery store and taken off the shelves. Or label, sort, and repack food into usable sizes.
Volunteers will be on their feet and moving around for the time that they're here (breaks are allowed). There is lifting involved - our boxes weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. We DO NOT have any sit down jobs in the warehouse. Since we are dependent on donations, there are several different projects you may find yourself working on during your volunteer shift with us. Click on “types of projects” button above to view more.
Kroger Community Food Pantry
The Kroger Community Food Pantry at Mid-Ohio Foodbank has provided grocery products to over 4,000 households in the greater Columbus area. The success of the Pantry depends upon the commitment and generosity of many volunteers! We need people to assist families shopping in the Pantry, to staff the Welcome Desk, and to stock grocery items in the Pantry.
Click here to view the Food Pantry Training video. If you are interested in volunteering in the Pantry, to learn more and to sign up, please visit VolunteeHub or contact the Volunteer Department by email or call 614-317-9703.
Student Night Activities
If you are at least 13 years old, you can join us for a Student Night volunteer shift. These shifts are most weeks on Thursdays from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Student Night shifts mainly run through the school year - from September through April or May.
Stay tuned for special event help such as set up, clean up, food drive collections and much more!
The Foodbank has a variety of administrative opportunities such as stuffing envelopes, data entry and web-based projects.
We have ambassador programs available for those who are interested in investing a consistent schedule to Greet at our front desk, help with confirmation calls or other duties as assigned. Not ideal for one time, or short term volunteers. Contact the Volunteer Department to learn more.
MOF Community Garden
The Community Garden at the Foodbank is looking for volunteers who will help plant, weed, maintain, and harvest the garden. With your help, we will create fresh and healthy produce that will be made available for distribution to our partner agencies. We need many hands to be successful in the garden and welcome both experienced and first time gardeners!
If you are interested in helping out in the garden, please contact our Fresh Foods Coordinator, Kaitlyn Stuckert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-317-9428. We post all volunteer opportunities on VolunteerHub and have garden work days on Tuesday afternoons during the season.
You can call the Volunteer Department directly at 614-317-9703 or email the volunteer department if you have questions.