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TODAY AND VOLUNTEER

Food Finders owes much of its continued success to our dedicated network of volunteers! Everyone who is involved, whether on a regular or occasional basis, has a role in reducing hunger and is essential to sustaining our program. As little as an hour of your time a month or week can make a huge difference. We have no age restriction, although kids under 16 must be joined by a parent or guardian.

There are multiple ways to get involved, but first please fill out and return a Volunteer Application which helps us assess our current needs and find a good match for your talents. Once your application is received, we will contact you and get you set up with a volunteer opportunity near you. Be even more prepared for your volunteer opportunity and download the Food Finders app on the

iOS or Google play store today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional questions, see our Volunteer FAQ below.

Volunteer FAQ

How do I signup to volunteer?

To become a volunteer, please fill out our volunteer application which can be found here, or reach out to our volunteer coordinator Sylvia Rosas at srosas@foodfinders.org and she will walk you through the process.

Can I walk into your warehouse and begin volunteering?

All volunteer sessions will need to be scheduled ahead of time. At this time, we are not allowing walk-ins. Please contact Sylvia at srosas@foodfinders.org to schedule.

Will I receive any training before I begin volunteering?

Upon signing up, you will be given all of our training materials to review. However, would like to receive in-depth training, please contact Sylvia at srosas@foodfinders.org to schedule.

Can I volunteer just once or will I need to commit to a schedule?

You are free to volunteer as often or as little as you would like. There is no set schedule required.

Is there an age requirement to volunteer?

Although we don’t have an age requirement to volunteer, anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian present with them during their volunteer opportunity.

Is there an age requirement to volunteer for Food Rescues?

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in our Food Rescue program. However, the driver must have a valid driver’s license and valid vehicle insurance.

What is a “Food Rescue”?

A Food Rescue is the pick-up and delivery of food donations from a food donor to a nonprofit partner agency.

Do I need a large vehicle for food rescues?

No, a large vehicle is not required to participate in our Food Rescue Program. Our Food Finders App will indicate the volume of each food donation to help ensure your vehicle has the capacity to hold the donation.

What volunteer opportunities does Food Finders offer?

Food Finders offers a variety of ways for volunteers to contribute to our organization.

Food Rescue Volunteers: These volunteer’s role is the rescue surplus food from restaurants, supermarkets, and other food businesses and drop off those donations to a charity in need. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to spend an hour or two daily, weekly, or spontaneously when you have time. You will need to have access to a car for this opportunity.

Office Volunteers: Do you have a background in office or clerical work? We’re always looking for people to help us with database cleanup, digital thank you’s, donor and recipient agency phone calls, and other related office work. We can provide the technology if you provide the knowledge, what do you say?

Warehouse Volunteers: Help us sort and organize food donations in our warehouse for distribution. This is a great opportunity for groups, students, families, or individuals.

Food4Kids Volunteers: Deliver bags or totes of non-perishable food items to local Long Beach schools weekly. You will be assigned a school and certain amount of bags to drop off at a specified location each week.

If I run into a problem on a Food Rescue, who can I contact?

Please contact our office at (562) 283-1400.

Will I receive a verification of my volunteer hours or if I am doing community service hours?

Yes, Food Finders is happy to sign off on any required service hours once completed. A verification letter can also be made available upon request.

Support Food Finders and Give #MoreThanJustFood

Your support of Food Finders provides more than just food- it provides time spent cooking together, reconnecting with friends or family, creating a long-lasting memory, tradition and much more. Make a donation this December and provide someone in need with #MoreThanJustFood.