INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERING AT FOODBANK

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Thanks for raising your hand to volunteer at Foodbank Victoria.

You will be hands on in our warehouse packing food for Victorians who are doing it tough.

Here is everything you need to know:

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

In line with Government legislation, everyone onsite at Foodbank needs to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be checked on arrival. Volunteers without proof of vaccination will not be permitted.

OH & S and Manual handling requirements

Due to the physical nature of working in a warehouse, volunteer roles involve significant amounts of manual handling, and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Manual handling includes sustaining movements of repetitive lifting/bending, pushing/pulling, twisting/turning and walking for extended periods of time. Some heavy lifting up to 15kg may be required.

Warehouse volunteering may not be suitable for anyone with muscular, skeletal or back injuries.

Please consider if this volunteer activity is right for you. We do not allow volunteers to participate if we determine they are unable to perform the tasks safely and do not have alternative activities available on the day.

Time

8.30am to 2.30pm

Please arrive on time as late arrivals will hold up the team induction.

Feel free to arrive any time between 8.15am-8.30am. Coffee/tea facilities are available on arrival.

What to bring and wear

Bring socks
For your safety we provide steel capped boots and gloves which are mandatory to wear.
Please bring long, thick socks to wear with the boots.
Alternatively, if you have your own steel capped boots you can BYO.

Bring your lunch and a drink bottle
We have a fridge, microwave, water and tea/coffee facilities. Lunch break is half an hour and there are no cafes nearby.
If you’d like to organise catering for your team, contact us for local caterer recommendations.

Wear comfortable clothing

suitable for bending, lifting and repetitive movements. Shorts/pants/leggings/jeans with a comfortable t-shirt and jumper is recommended.
The temperature inside the warehouse is generally the same as outside.
We do not have air-conditioning or heating in the warehouse.

Getting here

Address: 4/2 Somerville Road, Yarraville.

Our warehouse is located within an industrial complex. Enter the complex at the intersection of Somerville Road and Whitehall Street.

There is free all day parking onsite. If you can’t find a park onsite most of the surrounding side streets have all day parking.

If you’re catching public transport, our warehouse is a 15-minute walk from Seddon or Yarraville station.

COVID-Safe

We follow DHHS guidelines and the safety of our volunteers and staff is our top priority.

Our COVID-Safe plan includes;

  • Fully vaccinated staff, volunteers and visitors
  • Proof of vaccination on entry
  • Contact tracing through Service Victoria
  • Full time cleaners onsite to clean and sanitise high touch and traffic areas
  • Provide gloves and sanitiser stations throughout the warehouse
  • Requirement to wear masks consistent with Chief Health Officer direction

A full copy of our COVID-Safe plan can be emailed to you upon request.

Do not volunteer if you are unwell, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, are required to be in isolation/quarantine or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us on volunteering@foodbankvictoria.org.au

We look forward to welcoming you to our warehouse soon.