Group Volunteers

As of November 4, 2022, the GVFB is pausing all new group volunteer applications.

As of November 4, 2022, the GVFB is pausing all new group volunteer applications.

With overwhelming support from the community, the GVFB has reached full capacity for volunteers and there are currently no group opportunities remaining in the 2022 Fall/Winter season. If you have any questions or would like to plan a group volunteer activity in 2023, please contact [email protected].

Types of Volunteering

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Program Packs

This is a team-oriented production line where your group will fill bags with nutritious items for one of our specialized nutrition programs.

Program Packs

This is a team-oriented production line where your group will fill bags with nutritious items for one of our specialized nutrition programs. We offer three Children’s Programs each month: Baby Steps (Age 0 – 2), Preschooler Packs (Age 2 – 5), and Grade Schooler Packs (Age 6 – 12). Our newest specialized nutrition pack, the Seniors’ Program, caters to the needs of our senior clients ages 65+. Click here to learn more about program packs.

Group size:

Maximum 6 volunteers

Location:

GVFB Warehouse, 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby

Shift times:
  • Monday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tasks:
  • Assembling nutrition packs
  • Setting up/taking down the production line
  • Restocking the production line
  • Assisting with other warehouse-related tasks as needed
Requirement:
  • At least 15 years old
  • Wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Able to stand for an extended period of time

Agency Restocking

Support the Vancouver Community Agencies (CAP) Market by staging, date checking and reorganizing the dry, fresh and frozen shelves.

Agency Restocking

Support the Vancouver Community Agencies (CAP) Market by staging, date checking and reorganizing the dry, fresh and frozen shelves. This site provides food to local Agency partners and their community members on a weekly basis. By working together your team will merchandise and prepare the market for its pick-up orders.

Group size:

Maximum 5 volunteers

Location:

Vancouver Community Agencies (CAP) Market, 1405 Thornton Street, Vancouver

Shift times:
  • Monday; 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Wednesday; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tasks:
  • Sort food that comes into our location to prep for stocking our cooler, freezer, dry shelves, and Agency program areas
  • Complete date and quality checks to ensure efficient and safe product flow
  • Re-stock dry, fresh, and frozen goods to ensure areas are well stocked
  • Stage products appropriately to provide easy access for Agencies shopping
Requirements:
  • At least 16 years old
  • Can work independently
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Can stand for an extended period of time
  • Able to adapt to ambient temperatures and noisy conditions

Food Distribution

This front-line opportunity directly provides healthy food to clients.

Food Distribution

Distribution is an opportunity to work together and directly provide healthy food to clients. It is a highly rewarding role that provides weekly assistance to individuals, couples, and families in need. Your group may be divided to support various areas: distribution, line management, restocking, breaking down cardboard, and more. We look forward to hosting your team onsite!

Group size:
  • Vancouver – Maximum 15 volunteers
  • Burnaby – Maximum 10 volunteers
  • New Westminster - Maximum 5 volunteers
Locations:
  • 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby (Thursday-Saturday) - Outdoor site
  • 613 Queens Ave, New Westminster (Wednesday) - Indoor site
  • 295 Terminal Ave, Vancouver (Tuesday-Saturday) - Indoor/outdoor site
Shift times:

Tuesday to Saturday; shifts are 4 to 7.5 hours in length and vary at each location

Tasks:
  • Distributing food to clients
  • Ensuring clients, donors and agencies know where to go and park
  • Assisting staff and volunteers in welcoming clients, explaining what food is available and communicating GVFB policies and procedures
  • Ensuring the distribution site is clean
  • Assisting the team with restocking and cardboard breakdown
  • Setting up and taking down the site materials (tables, signage, product, etc.)
  • Other tasks as needed
Requirements:
  • At least 18 years old
  • Wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Able to stand for an extended period of time
  • It is a bonus if you speak multiple languages!

Warehouse Support

Assist our staff with fresh, frozen, and dry food sorting.

Warehouse Support

Volunteering at the GVFB Warehouse is a dynamic opportunity to support our operations department. Each shift is different as tasks are based on our daily needs. Your group may be divided to support various areas: sorting and packing non-perishable donations, quality checking fresh donations, building orders, cleaning, restocking shelves, and so much more. We look forward to hosting your team onsite!

Group size:

Maximum 10 volunteers

Location:

GVFB Warehouse; 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby

Shift times:

Monday - Friday; 9 am – 12pm, 12 pm – 4 pm.

Tasks:
  • Sorting and packing non-perishable donations
  • Quality checking fresh donations into palletized categories
  • Building orders of fresh/non-perishable items
  • Cleaning the warehouse (washing bins, dusting racking, refilling sanitizer bottles, etc.)
  • Quality checking and packing bread donations
  • Restocking the cooler, freezer, and bulk shelves
  • Organizing and packing diapers
  • And so much more!
Requirements:
  • At least 15 years old
  • Wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Able to work in noisy conditions

Community Events

Throughout the year we hold community events to promote the GVFB, educate the public about what we do and generate donations.

Community Events

Throughout the year we hold community events to promote the GVFB, educate the public about what we do, and generate donations. Volunteer opportunities can range from setting up at grocery store campaigns to helping with 50/50 draws at festivals and seasonal events like Fore for Food.

Locations:

Various locations throughout Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, and Vancouver.

Shift times:

Varies depending on the event.

Requirements:

Depends on the event. Customer service, food and beverage, retail and/or events experience is helpful.

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