What Can I Expect as a Volunteer?

What Can I Expect as a Volunteer?

Updated: July 2021

Volunteering at Good Shepherd Food Bank is one of the best ways to fight hunger in your community, especially during the current pandemic. By donating a few hours of your time, you’ll help provide meals to families, children, seniors and those in need across Maine.

At the start of the pandemic, we implemented procedures based on CDC recommendations and updated them as needed. We intend to keep our staff, volunteers, and guests safe while they are in our facilities. Whether volunteering as an individual or in a small group, being aware of and adhering to COVID-19 guidelines is part of your volunteer responsibility.

New Mask Guidelines

Good Shepherd Food Bank is pleased to announce that we will no longer require volunteers to wear masks if they have been fully vaccinated and have submitted proof of their vaccination. All those who are unvaccinated are required to wear a mask.

Volunteers can show proof of their vaccination by doing one of the following:

1) Bring vaccination record card to your volunteer shift and a staff member will document it.

2) Upload a picture of your vaccination record card to your profile on our volunteer database. As a new volunteer, this will be included in your registration process. If you are an experienced volunteer, log in, click on your initials in the upper right-hand corner, and select Qualifications. Under “Incomplete Qualifications,” there will be a link to upload a picture of the vaccination card.

3) Email volunteer@gsfb.org a photo of your vaccination record card.

Send any questions regarding this policy to volunteer@gsfb.org.

Other COVID-19 Changes

We are offering group opportunities again (maximum of 7 in Hampden and 8 in Auburn). Whether you are looking for service hours or a fun way to spend time with friends and give back to the community, individual and group volunteering is a great way to help our mission of ending hunger in Maine.

Community members who have been court-referred to volunteer may complete their required hours at the Food Bank. Register on our volunteer database, gsfb.galaxydigital.com and our volunteer engagement team will review your request.

What should I wear?

Please dress in comfortable clothing, such as jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.

Common Volunteer tasks

  • Food inspection – ensuring that the food we provide to our partner network is safe and will support the wellbeing of the people we assist.
  • Food sorting – sorting through food donations from individuals, farms and our retail partners to ensure quality and food safety and assembling boxes of food distributed through our partner network.
  • Packing Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Boxes – building and filling CSFP boxes with nutritious, USDA-purchased foods to provide to low-income seniors.
  • Packing Community Health & Hunger Program (CHHP) – building and filling CHHP boxes supplied to healthcare providers across the state to connect food-insecure patients with resources in their community.

Volunteering at Good Shepherd Food Bank is one way to give back to local Maine communities. Your generous donation of time and talent makes an impact in the fight against hunger and allows us to fulfill our mission of providing food to food-insecure Maine families.

For more information on how to start volunteering at Good Shepherd Food Bank, please visit our website or call us at 207-782-3554.

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