GIVE TIME

Volunteers are essential to the success of Mid-Ohio Foodbank. There are countless ways you can make a difference—from sorting and packing groceries to contacting an elected official to discuss the importance of emergency food in our community.

 

Whether it’s 1 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. We welcome individuals and groups on weekdays, some weeknights, and weekends. We will work with you to arrange a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Visit our VolunteerHub, where you can see our listing of upcoming opportunities and even sign up to join us!

VOLUNTEERHUB

LEARN MORE

View a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about volunteering at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

FAQS

James: Semper Fidelis

Sums up what James is all about

Always faithful, James served our country as a member of the Marine Corps, but faced his toughest challenge after the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.  Unable to work enough hours to make ends meet, James receives free fresh foods at his neighborhood Mid-Ohio Foodbank Produce Market.  

 

Consistent with his character, James volunteers at the Produce Market to serve his neighbors who would otherwise go without.  His warm spirit and positive attitude suggests that we all have something to contribute to the betterment and well-being of our community.

FOOD RECLAMATION AND REPACKING/WAREHOUSE

Our food reclamation and repacking volunteers inspect and assess the safety of donated foods that were damaged at the grocery store and taken off the shelves. They also label, sort, and repack bulk food into usable quantities.

There are no sit-down jobs in the warehouse; volunteers are on their feet and moving the entire time they’re here (though breaks are allowed). In addition, lifting may be involved (boxes weigh between 10 and 20 pounds).

Get MORE INFORMATION on specific types of activities that take place in the warehouse.

KROGER COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

Last year, the Kroger Community Food Pantry at Mid-Ohio Foodbank provided groceries to nearly 8,000 households in the greater Columbus area. The success of the Pantry depends on the commitment and generosity of many volunteers. We need people to staff the Welcome Desk, stock grocery items, and assist families shopping in the Pantry.

 

WATCH A VIDEO that tells more about volunteering in the Kroger Community Food Pantry

MID-OHIO FOODBANK COMMUNITY GARDEN

The Community Garden at the Foodbank is seeking volunteers who will help plant, weed, maintain, and harvest the garden. With your help, we will grow fresh and healthy produce for distribution to our partner agencies. We need many hands to be successful in the garden, so we welcome both first-time and experienced gardeners.

SKILL-BASED VOLUNTEERS

We need volunteers to help with a variety of administrative opportunities including data entry, envelope stuffing, and web-based projects.

We also have ambassador programs available for those who can devote a certain number of hours each week on a set schedule. Tasks associated with these programs include greeting visitors at our front desk, helping with confirmation calls, or other duties as assigned. This program unfortunately is not ideal for one-time or short-term volunteers.

To learn more about becoming a Mid-Ohio Foodbank ambassador, please call 614.317.9703 or email us at VOLUNTEERS@MIDOHIOFOODBANK.ORG.

SOUTH SIDE ROOTS CAFE, MARKET & KITCHEN

Located at the Reeb Avenue Center, South Side Roots Cafe & Market offers affordable grocery items at a lower cost than major grocery chains to increase access. South Side Roots Café offers low cost meals with a varied payment structure, allowing patrons to pay for their meal, pay it forward for a neighbor’s meal or pay through volunteering. South Side Kitchen provides meals for the South Side Learning and Development Center and Boys and Girls Club of Columbus after-school program.

URBAN FARMS OF CENTRAL OHIO

Our urban farms operate as social enterprises to improve the well-being of community residents. Each farm works to sustain itself and raise awareness of hunger by selling a portion of crops directly to local markets and restaurants, in addition to feeding the neighborhood around the farm. Encouraging civic engagement and community building through food assistance makes this an important addition to the Foodbank’s programs and services.