The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri

Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri

  • Arrival Time: 8:45-9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch for Volunteers:
    • Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
    • Location: On-site.

Why are we serving here?

One of the ways ForColumbia strives to love and serve our neighbors is by serving those non-profit organizations that are actively working every day in the lives of people in Columbia. One of the organizations in our city with the greatest reach is The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. This organization provides a hunger relief network that distributes millions of pounds of food annually, serving approximately 104,000 individuals monthly through 132 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other partner agencies. This amazing reach takes a lot of volunteers consistently providing help to prepare donated food for distribution. This is why we think your day will be well spent serving at The Food Bank.

What can I expect?

Volunteers will be working inside to individually package a variety of mass-packaged food donations. This work is done standing at prep tables, so volunteers must be able to remain on their feet for at least two hours. More details on the specifics of the work to be done will be provided on the day of serving.

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What should I bring?

Volunteers should wear appropriate attire for handling food, as specified by The Food Bank:

  • closed-toed shoes – no exceptions;
  • long hair must be pulled back – hairnets will be provided and must be worn;
  • facial hair must be covered with Food Bank-provided beard nets;
  • jeans, pants, or long/athletic length shorts – short shorts, leggings, tights or yoga pants are not allowed;
  • short/long sleeve shirts – shoulders must be covered; be sure to wear your #ForColumbia2023 T-shirt!
  • necklaces, lanyards, and scarves are not allowed;
  • large jewelry must be under clothing or Food Bank-provided protective gear;
  • offensive printing on clothing – as determined by Food Bank staff – is not allowed.

Can I serve here with my children?

Yes, children who are at least six (6) years old and at least 42 inches tall are welcome to serve at The Food Bank alongside an adult.