Memo re COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We value you, our volunteers. Your work is critical in getting healthy food out to vulnerable populations, and your wellbeing is important to us. If you feel sick, please stay home to reduce the risk of spreading illness. If you need to cancel a volunteer shift, please contact our Volunteer Department at volunteers@foodbankofhudsonvalley.org. We have taken precautions to help ensure staff and volunteers stay safe during their shifts.

Update August 2: Beginning today, August 2, 2021, the Food Bank will adopt the CDC’s guidelines. CDC recommends that people wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission regardless of vaccination status. To that end, the Food Bank will be requiring all volunteers to wear masks.

Throughout the pandemic, the Food Bank has relied on and followed CDC guidelines and will be doing the same with regard to this change.

Donations come to us in all forms and often need to be sorted before we can distribute them. That’s where volunteers come in! We receive donations of dry, frozen, and refrigerated food; paper products; household items; personal hygiene products; school supplies; diapers; and more that need to be repacked into useable, family-sized packages. Whatever you sort when you volunteer with us, your efforts will help low-income families stretch their limited budgets and eat better.

Anyone with questions can contact our Volunteer Department at (845) 534-5344 or volunteers@foodbankofhudsonvalley.org.

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Sort and Re-box in Our Warehouse

  • Ongoing throughout the year; perfect for Individuals & groups
  • Family friendly & great for all ages (children aged 5-13 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer)
  • Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes or risk being sent home

Why Volunteers are Needed

Some donations need to be sorted and repacked before we can give them out. That’s where volunteers come in! Volunteers help us sort useable items from damaged products and box them into categories like soup, juice, and cereal. Donations include food as well as non-food items like soap, shampoo, household supplies, and pet food. Volunteers help low-income families stretch their limited budgets and eat better.

Volunteer as an Individual, a Family or a Group!

Individuals, families and groups are all welcome! Two-hour time slots are available all week! We offer daytime shifts Monday through Saturday and afternoon/evening shifts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Create a volunteer profile below and sign up for a shift directly through our website! If you are looking to register your family, please download and follow these instructions.

Want to sign up for a shift? Create a volunteer profile to below using our online registration system to schedule yourself and/or your family!

If after you register for a shift and realize you can no longer make it, please sign in to your CERVIS account and un-register for the shift.

  • Volunteers 5-13 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes for safety or risk being sent home.

Volunteer as a Group

Organize friends, family members, sports teams, religious groups, or officemates for a fun, team-building shift or two. Two-hour time slots are available Monday through Saturday, with afternoon/evening shifts starting at 3:00pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in seeing how your group can help the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, please fill out the Group Request form below and a coordinator will be in touch to help you set up a shift! PLEASE INCLUDE IN THE “ADDITIONAL COMMENTS” SECTION WHICH DATES AND SHIFTS YOUR GROUP IS INTERESTED IN.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Advisory Board & Fundraising Committees
Your expertise will be appreciated if you have an interest in serving on our Advisory Board or on any of our fundraising event committees.
Office Help
Volunteers are needed to send out mailings. Clerical help is also needed to assist with data entry, and answer phones.

Special Events
You can help organize or staff several special events. Some of these events are the Annual Farm to Fork Feast and the Walkway Over the Hudson. The events are enjoyable and fun for the volunteers, as well as attendees.

Online form: Volunteer in the Office or at Special Events

Food/Fund Drives
Your organization or group can help organize a food or fund drive during the year to benefit our more than 400 member agencies located in the 6 counties. For more information about holding a food drive, please click the Food Drive link found in the banner at the bottom of this page.

 Food Bank of the Hudson Valley | 195 Hudson Street | Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520