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Adopt a Food Program


Adopt a Food Program, an initiative of Food Bank For New York City in partnership with NYC Service, pairs interested volunteers and volunteer groups with food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs to better serve New Yorkers who struggle to put food on the table. Through a matching process based on skills, interests, availability and need, volunteers "adopt a food program" by committing to long-term collaborations — enhancing the food program's ability to improve the lives of the New Yorkers who rely on them for food. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with those on the front lines of the fight against hunger in New York City, while food programs will be able to engage the considerable skills and talents of willing volunteers to fulfill unmet organizational needs.

Food Bank staff will provide support throughout the adoption process, from making the matches to orienting new adopters and adoptees, and following up to ensure partnerships are sustained and productive. Volunteers and food program staff enter into adoption agreements that begin with an assessment of the best use of volunteers' time and abilities to fulfill particular program needs within the term of the adoption. Because every adoption is different, there is no fixed weekly or monthly time commitment; adopters and adoptees are free to make whatever arrangements are appropriate to complete the projects specified in their agreements.

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FOR VOLUNTEERS

Individuals and volunteer groups must first submit a volunteer interest form — as an individual or a group — to indicate their availability, geographical preference and any skills that might be of use. Volunteers must attend an orientation session held by Food Bank to learn about the expectations and requirements of the program. Following the orientations, volunteers will meet with the designated volunteer liaison at their adopted food program to discuss program needs and their ability to fill those needs over the duration of their commitment. All volunteers whose work will put them in contact with children must be willing to undergo background checks.

For Individuals
Individual volunteers who would like to adopt a food program can enter into three-, six- or twelve-month commitments. Individual adopters can be no younger than 16 years of age at the time of the adoption. Potential projects for individual adopters can include (but are not limited to):

  • Designing outreach, informational or promotional materials;
  • Grant writing;
  • Raising money for refrigeration, shelving or other program needs;
  • Teaching classes (e.g., computer literacy, knitting, etc.); 
  • Conducting outreach on income support programs, like Food Stamps or EITC;
  • Distributing or serving food on a regular basis;
  • Maintenance and beautification projects; and/or
  • Virtual food drives (online fundraising for food).
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For Groups
Volunteer groups can enter into six-, nine- or twelve-month commitments. Groups must have at least three members, one of whom will act as the program liaison. Youth groups (school groups, Boy/Girl Scout troops, etc.) can be adopters, provided that at least one adult also participates and is responsible for the group. Potential projects for groups can include (but are not limited to):

  • Distributing or serving food on a regular basis;
  • Maintenance and beautification projects;
  • Hosting special events (like community health fairs, outreach days, food drives, etc.);
  • Raising money for refrigeration, shelving or other program needs;
  • Conducting outreach on income support programs, like Food Stamps or EITC;
  • Designing outreach, informational or promotional materials;
  • Grant writing;
  • Virtual food drives (online fundraising for food); and/or
  • Teaching classes (e.g., computer literacy, knitting, etc.). 
VOLUNTEER TODAY!


FOR FOOD PROGRAMS
In order to participate, food programs must first submit a volunteer needs form to indicate what particular projects or functions can be completed by volunteers. Participating food programs must be in good standing with the Food Bank (exceptions may be granted if the adoption is requested with the intent of engaging adopters to bring the program back into good standing). Food programs must also designate a volunteer liaison who will attend an orientation session held by Food Bank. The volunteer liaison is responsible for meeting with volunteer adopters to discuss program needs and volunteers' abilities to fill those needs over the duration of their commitment and for submitting quarterly status reports to Food Bank on adoption activities. Food program staff working with youth volunteers or groups must be willing to undergo background checks.

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