The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a community-supported 501C-3 non-profit organization that provides nutritious food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless and hungry. We are currently serving 156 member agency feeding programs in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire who in turn distribute the food in 47 communities, serving nearly 70,000 people a month. These organizations include food pantries, shelters, meal programs, group homes and schools.
We welcome volunteers daily at the food bank to assist with day to day tasks that our staff would otherwise not be able to complete; Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00-2:00. Groups are limited to 15 people and must be scheduled at least one month in advance. Minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old. Volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Blues’ N’ Brews Festival – Saturday, August 11, 2018 at JFK Plaza, Lowell. This is a unique opportunity to volunteer on behalf of the food bank. This event is hosted by the Westford Rotary Club and all proceeds go directly to local charitable organizations. The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a recipient of funds raised and in return we are asked to provide volunteers. This is a fun event with great food, music and of course brews! Enjoy the day with friends and at the same time help us! More information can be found at www.bluesnbrewsrotary.org When completing the volunteer application please designate the Merrimack Valley Food Bank as the group you are associated with.
Neighborhood Food Drive – Saturday, September 15- Saturday, September, 22. Helping is Easy! Gather your friends, colleagues, teammates, neighbors and family members (young and old) and create a team! Volunteers distribute brown paper grocery bags in assigned neighborhood throughout Lowell. Distribution is at your leisure between Saturday, September 15-Thursday, September 20. On Saturday, September 22 volunteers return to your distribution route and retrieve the bags you distributed – full of food! Food Bank staff and trucks will be parked in each neighborhood – bring the collected donations to the closest drop site. Fall Volunteer Flyer This is a great opportunity for students looking for community service hours for National Honor Society, confirmation, college requirements.
Sorting, Inspecting, Stocking – Volunteers check expiration dates and packaging of shelf stable food to ensure that it is suitable for distribution. Once food is sorted it can be stocked on shelves in our shopping area where our agencies select what is most needed by the people they serve.
Mobile Pantry Grocery Delivery – Our Mobile Pantry program is a community based program providing nutritious food and health information to home-bound elderly and disabled individuals living in the Greater Lowell area. Eligible clients receive a delivery once a month and volunteers are needed to deliver food in Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, and Tyngsboro. Volunteers use their own vehicles and delivery schedules is based on the volunteers availability. Requires CORI check.
Warehouse Assistant – Working alongside of our warehouse staff assisting our agencies on shopping days, loading and unloading cases of food, moving and organizing pallets of food, light housekeeping as needed. May include sweeping, emptying the trash and cardboard recycling, cleaning our parking lot.
Operation Nourish Food Bags – Through a partnership with the Lowell Public Schools we distribute bags of supplemental food twice per month to students that have been identified by school staff members as in need of food. The food provided is meant to get the children through the weekend until they return to school on Monday and receive breakfast and lunch. Volunteers fill the bags that we distribute to the schools. This program operates on the school calendar year.
Community Market – Is a free farmers market offered to residents of 4 Lowell Housing properties. The Market operates on Fridays from 2:00-4:00 at one location each week. Volunteers assist our staff members with setting up, distributing food to the residents, and then breaking down. Weather permitting some of the markets are held outside, otherwise they will be in the property community room.
Holiday Deliveries – During the holiday’s we provide an extra delivery to our Mobile Pantry clients with all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal. Although we have a pool of regular mobile pantry volunteers during November and December it’s helpful to have the additional manpower. Thanksgiving deliveries will take place between November 5-16. Requires CORI check.