On average, Feeding America West Michigan distributes 25 million pounds of food each year. To do that, we rely on thousands of volunteers, people just like you who have decided they want to take part in the effort to solve hunger in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula (learn more about food insecurity in our region).
In one hour, you can help us distribute up to 200 meals. It’s a great way to bond with your youth group, coworkers, family or friends. Sign up to volunteer today!
Repacking and Sorting Food in the Warehouse
The majority of our volunteers are needed at the food bank itself. About 15% of the food we receive (over 5 million pounds) has special handling requirements. Typically, this involves processing food by sorting, labeling, or repacking it. Example: Repacking 800-pound bins of cereal into family-size portions.
Gleaning in The Fields
During the harvest season, many farmers find themselves with extra fruits and vegetables on their hands. Instead of letting this nutritious produce go to waste, they call us. Every summer and fall, our volunteers pick — or “glean” — these fruits and vegetables for the food bank. Crops include tomatoes, cherries, and apples.
Clerical Work in the Office
With a relatively small staff, Feeding America West Michigan is often looking for help with data entry and other tasks in the office. If you have a background in bookkeeping or guest reception, we could use your help.