Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the food bank. We are currently scheduling groups into the month of January. Group opportunities are limited and volunteers are scheduled on a first come basis with a preference given to our corporate donors and long time sponsors. We ask that corporate groups make a monetary donation or conduct a food drive on our behalf and deliver it to the food bank on your day of service.
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.
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 – September-May 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 – July-October 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 – November-December 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.