Foodbank volunteers power the fight against hunger

During National Volunteer Week, we would like to recognise and celebrate the significant contribution of Foodbank Queensland’s generous team of volunteers. Last year, 324 Foodbank Queensland volunteers dedicated over 15,500 hours to help Queenslanders experiencing hunger. During a year of devastating bushfires, drought, floods and then a global pandemic, our volunteers helped us to continue delivering Foodbank Queensland’s essential food relief services – from sorting food donations and packing food hampers, to driving Foodbank’s purple trucks to rescue and deliver food across Queensland to support people in crisis.

To all of the people donating their time and skills to Foodbank Queensland, thank you. You are a big part of why we continue to rescue and distribute enough food to support more than 200,000 Queenslanders every month.

Marlynn loves to help people

During the midst of the pandemic, Marlynn began volunteering at Foodbank Queensland packing COVID-19 food relief hampers to support Queenslanders in crisis. One year later, Marlynn is now one of Foodbank Queensland’s valued donation sorters, helping our Member Charities easily access sorted food relief products and pre-packed orders for their vital food relief programs.

“When I retired, I wanted to donate my time to a reputable, well admired organisation. I found this in Foodbank Queensland. The knowledge that my efforts are instantaneous and go out to a large and varied group of individuals requiring such basic assistance, is gratifying and rewarding.”

“I have met the most warming and caring people at Foodbank Queensland who inspire me to continue to offer my support. I am so proud to work at Foodbank Queensland.” – Marlynn

Glenn wants to help families just like his

For over a year, Glenn has generously been volunteering at Foodbank Queensland every Friday, sorting mixed food donations from farms and retailers that arrive at Foodbank.

“I had been looking for a charity to join for a while but couldn’t decide on one. During the COVID-19 lockdown, my employer gave us a list of charities we could volunteer at part time. I chose Foodbank Queensland because when I was younger, I grew up in a household with a lot of poverty and domestic violence and we were helped a lot by a food relief organisation. At the time I knew no better, but as I got older, I was thankful that someone had helped us. Quite often they were the difference between whether we had a meal to eat or not.”

“I like to think that I could be helping a family that could be in the same situation we were. The people that I work with at Foodbank Queensland are just terrific caring human beings. The world would do well to have more like them.” – Glenn

Suzie wants to make a difference

The pandemic didn’t stop Suzie from helping people in need! In May 2020, Suzie lost her job at Flight Centre, due to COVID-19. While others were forced into lock down, Suzie wanted to use her free time to help people in need, so she started volunteering for Foodbank Queensland to support people in crisis.

“Volunteering at Foodbank Queensland is such an important and rewarding part of my life. Not only do the Foodbank team make me feel so valued, but it’s also an incredible feeling knowing that every day I volunteer at Foodbank Queensland, I can help one more mother, child, grandparent or vulnerable member of our community who are struggling to put food on the table.” – Suzie

Thank you to all of Foodbank Queensland’s volunteers for the vital role you play in fighting Queensland’s hunger crisis.

Volunteer at Foodbank Queensland

We value diversity and believe everyone can make a difference. By joining the Foodbank Queensland family as a volunteer, you will make a direct and positive community impact – helping us to provide food for over 25 million meals every year.

Regardless of your skills or experience, there are plenty of ways you can get involved. From administration to warehouse work, and driving to customer service roles, so check out our volunteer opportunities and join us in the fight against hunger!