VOLUNTEER WITH FOODBANK

The Foodbank team is small and we rely heavily on teams and individuals who generously give their time to help us get food to the people who need it. We have different volunteer opportunities available in each state, if you would like to volunteer select your state below:

Volunteering your time is amazing

Foodbank South Australia thrives on the dedication and contribution of our volunteer teams. With more than 117,260 South Australians relying on our services every month, Foodbank has over  two hundred volunteers donating their time throughout the state to ensure we can meet this demand.

In the 2017-18 financial year, 79,000+ hours were donated by volunteers to Foodbank SA. We simply could not operate without volunteer support.

Volunteering as an Individual

Warehouse Volunteers

The Foodbank South Australia warehouse in Edwardstown is the bustling heart of our organisation, where large donations of food and fresh produce are stored. Warehouse volunteers assist by packing orders, assisting welfare agencies with collecting orders, sorting groceries and packing fruit & vegetables. Light and heavy lifting can apply. This role suits an active, team player who likes to keep busy and get-things-done. Ability to understand and adhere to strict OH&S warehouse policies required.  Shifts run from Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 2.00pm.

Food Hub Volunteers

Food Hub is a unique, small supermarket where clients of local welfare agencies can shop for their family. Food Hub volunteers assist by welcoming and assisting vulnerable clients, processing their shop on the computer system, and stocking the Food Hub shelves. This role would suit volunteers with fantastic people skills, customer service experience and who work well in a small, friendly team. An appreciation for client confidentiality and empathy for diverse clientele highly regarded. Volunteers with basic IT experience also play a role processing clients shopping using MYOB Retail Manager. Light and heavy lifting can apply. Ability to understand and adhere to strict OH&S warehouse policies is also required.  Shifts can run between from Monday to Friday 09.30 am – 2.30 pm. Foodbank South Australia also runs a Community Food Hub in Bowden with more locations coming soon.

Transport Volunteers

Foodbank Drivers are out and about in Adelaide representing Foodbank South Australia; collecting donated food and groceries from donor companies and delivering to our welfare agencies and schools located in Adelaide’s metropolitan area.  This role suits experienced transit van and truck drivers who are able to stick to a tight schedule and are happy to work autonomously if required.   Heavy lifting is required. Vehicle and running costs provided by Foodbank South Australia. Shifts run from Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 2.00pm.

Events/Fundraising Volunteers

Foodbank South Australia attends and hosts a variety of exciting events each year. Event and Fundraising volunteers assist by promoting our organisation, raising awareness of people living in  hunger right here in SA and collecting donations at sporting events, markets, shopping malls and shows. This role suits friendly, reliable and confident people to assist Foodbank South Australia in this vital role. Volunteers are encouraged to apply as a group for team building or even individuals and their mates wanting to make a difference. Shifts will be advised with plenty of notice and may be out of normal hours or on weekends.

Office Volunteers

The Foodbank South Australia office is a welcoming environment where our friendly staff work away behind the scenes – allowing our services to tick along smoothly. Office Volunteers play a vital role in supporting staff to get their work done, and in turn get the food out to people who need it. Duties can include data-entry, basic word processing, responding to public enquiries and varied ad-hoc office administration tasks. The role suits a friendly, focused volunteer with IT and office administration experience. Shifts times are flexible to suit your schedule.

Ambassador Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to join our team who enjoy or want to develop their public speaking ability and are willing to become Foodbank Ambassadors, representing Foodbank South Australia at community events. Ambassadors will meet with and address community groups to create awareness and understanding about Foodbank South Australia operations and to gain support that would assist in increasing our reach of providing food to those in our community most in need. The role would suit a friendly, confident person with public speaking experience and great time-management. Experience with Power Point and AV equipment highly regarded. Ambassadors will require their own vehicle and a valid licence. Training will be provided and approved costs incurred to be reimbursed by Foodbank South Australia.

Corporate Volunteer

Our corporate volunteer experiences allow you to make a meaningful contribution, gain different skills and work with colleagues in a different team environment.  This creates a valuable team building and bonding opportunity.

Warehouse Volunteering & Hamper Packing

Warehouse volunteering  is an important part of our Corporate Program. Usually 4 hour sessions in our warehouse packing hampers, sorting product or bagging fruit and vegetables for teams of up to 12 people.

Here is a snapshot of what your corporate volunteering day would look like at our Warehouse:

  • 8.30 am start at our warehouse in Edwardstown
  • Information session on arrival – including tour Foodbank SA’s Warehouse, WH&S Induction, your team’s plan for the day then we set you to work!
  • 4-5 hour shift in the warehouse. You might be packing hampers, sorting product or bagging fruit and vegetables.
  • Your session includes a morning tea break where light snacks are provided together with water, cool drinks, tea & coffee.
  • The session finishes approx. 12.30 pm

To participate in the Corporate Volunteering program we would appreciate a tax deductible donation of a minimum of $250, towards this team building opportunity.

Sponsor a Pop Up Event

At Pop Up events we seek sponsors willing to contribute to allow us to load our truck full of food and distribute free of charge to a certain community area.  Working together with Welfare Partners in various areas of Adelaide Metro and Regional areas, we invite their clients to attend to collect much needed food to stock their pantry’s and provide food for their families.

Help out at an Event

Each year we seek a large number of volunteers to assist by rattling cans and collecting donations of money and food at relevant events such as:

  • Port Adelaide Football Game – a couple times per season
  • Westfield Food Drive
  • Royal Adelaide Show
  • Zombie Walk and other ad hoc events

For further information about Volunteering with your team at Foodbank email our volunteer Manager.

Hear from our volunteers

School Volunteering

Foodbank SA offer school volunteer opportunities for children aged 14+. For school students or teachers looking for school related volunteering opportunities for groups or community service learning, please visit our Schools Program Registration.

You can also contact Judi Wakeling for Volunteering on 08 8351 1136 or email judiw@foodbanksa.org.au.