One of the most meaningful ways to join the fight against hunger is to spend some time as a volunteer at the Arkansas Foodbank. There's no way we can feed the hundreds of thousands of Arkansans without the help of our volunteers.
We offer several volunteer opportunities:
Volunteers are an integral part of our food distribution process, because we count on them to sort, box and stack our retail food donations so that the food - which is close to expiration date - doesn't stay too long in our warehouse. Each day we welcome corporate employees, church groups, schools, clubs and other organizations who use this as a worthwhile team-building experience. Spending a few hours in our sorting room definitely results in some bonding!
Agency Mart Individual Volunteers
Are you a student, retiree, or someone with a few hours to spare during the work week? We welcome individual volunteers in our Agency Mart who serve our mission by keeping the shelves stocked so that our member agencies can shop grocery-store-style.
Warehouse and Agency Mart Shifts
Monday-Friday, 9 am -12 pm and 1-4 pm - Orientation is included
Don't let a full-time job keep you from experiencing the satisfaction of serving others. We offer a Saturday Workday each month where you or your group can help in the warehouse and the Agency Mart.
2014 Saturday Dates
Shifts are 9 am - 12 pm - Orientation is included.
July 26 OPEN
August 23 FULL
September 20 FULL
October 25 FULL
November 15 OPEN
December 13 OPEN
Special Events Volunteers
From fundraising events, like our annual Empty Bowls art auction and Drive Away Hunger, to community outreach activities like our KARK telethon, the Foodbank is always in need of friendly folks to serve as ambassadors and hosts. We'd love to have you join us! Special Events volunteers are recruited on an as-needed basis. Please let us know if you'd like to be added to our list of special event volunteers.
The Foodbank's 10,000-square-foot community garden is one of the main ways we supply our clients with fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. We welcome gardeners, and even gardener-wanna-be's, to help us during the planting and harvesting season.