What to Expect When Volunteering

What to Expect as a Volunteer

Updated: August 2021

Volunteering at Good Shepherd Food Bank is one of the best ways to give back to your neighbors struggling with food insecurity, especially during the current pandemic. By donating a few hours of your time, you’ll provide meals to families, children, seniors, and those in need across Maine.

Whether volunteering as an individual or in a small group, you’ll soon notice that being aware of and adhering to COVID-19 guidelines is part of your volunteer responsibility. As we’ve done throughout the pandemic, we are relying on data, guidance, and information from the CDC to inform this and all COVID-19 related decisions. To learn more about the guidance and data that inform these decisions, you can follow this link: Home | Covid-19 (maine.gov).

New Guidelines

  • Face masks are optional, however, we still encourage mask-wearing, especially for at-risk populations.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others during check-in, orientation, and during the hours in the warehouse.
  • Wash hands at the start and end of each shift, break, and change of task.
  • Gloves are recommended.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility.

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.

Volunteer Task Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions

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