COVID-19 Response: Volunteers, We Need Your Help!

As we anticipate the need for food to increase in the coming weeks, we will need the help of healthy volunteers to help us prepare meals, and pack food and other essential items for our most vulnerable communities in need.

As stated in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order that requires residents to stay home except for essential needs, please know that Food Bank For New York City is an essential service, and we want to assure New Yorkers that we are open, and our trucks are on the road delivering food to communities across the city each day.

As Food Bank is being called upon to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors have access to the food they need, we cannot provide these vital services without the backbone of our operations: our volunteers.

High Priority Shifts

We are looking for volunteers help us repack food at our Warehouse in the Bronx for delivery to our network of soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs, and prepare meals and pantry bags with shelf-stable items and fresh produce at our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem. View the opportunities below and click on the links to sign up. Questions? Contact our volunteer engagement team at volunteer@foodbanknyc.org or 212-566-7855 x5.

Warehouse – Hunts Point

Help Pack Emergency Food Boxes at Food Bank's Warehouse

Monday – Friday
Morning Shift: 9:30am-12:30pm
Afternoon Shift: 1:00pm-3:30pm

NYCHA Pop-Up Food Distributions 

Bronx: Support Emergency Pop-Up Distributions in Partnership with NYCHA

Thursday, March 26th
Morning Shift: 9:00am-2:00pm
Afternoon Shift: 1:00pm-6:00pm

Brooklyn: Support Emergency Pop-Up Distributions in Partnership with NYCHA

Friday, March 27th
Morning Shift: 9:00am-2:00pm
Afternoon Shift: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Monday, March 30th
Morning Shift: 9:00am-2:00pm

Manhattan: Support Emergency Pop-Up Distributions in Partnership with NYCHA

Tuesday, March 31st
Morning Shift: 9:00am-2:00pm
Afternoon Shift: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, April 1st
Morning Shift: 9:00am-2:00pm

Queens: Support Emergency Pop-Up Distributions in Partnership with NYCHA

Wednesday, April 1st
Morning Shift: 9:00am-2:00pm
Afternoon Shift: 1:00pm-6:00pm

Staten Island: Support Emergency Pop-Up Distributions in Partnership with NYCHA

Monday, March 30th
Afternoon Shift: 1:00pm-6:00pm

Community Kitchen & Food Pantry

Food Delivery Support

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm
Assist in unloading food deliveries and packing pantry bags. (Some heavy lifting required.)

Prep & Serve

Monday – Friday: 10:30am-3:00pm (with lunch break)
Assist in prepping to-go meals and distributing to seniors.

Dinner Service

Monday – Friday:  3:30pm-6:30pm
Assist in packing and distributing to-go meals to the community.

Shop & Stock

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: varies by day, see link
Assist in packing and distributing emergency pantry bags.

FAQs
Volunteer & client safety is our priority

  • How is Food Bank preparing and responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak?

    Food Bank For New York City is closely monitoring the recent developments around the new coronavirus infection, and are following local, state and CDC guidance on the public health crisis.  We have been in close contact with local health officials and our community partners to ensure best health practices for the safety of our staff and volunteers, while continuing to serve the needs of New Yorkers in need.

    Food Bank is taking proactive steps to protect against coronavirus at our facilities – including increasing the frequency and intensity of cleanings at our Bronx Warehouse and Community Kitchen in Harlem – and ensuring that alcohol-based hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes, and tissues are readily available in these public spaces. Food Bank is also encouraging staff and volunteers to stay home if they feel ill to minimize the risk of exposure for the vulnerable populations we serve.Food Bank

    For New York City is committed to providing meals to New Yorkers in need, especially during times of crisis. As first responders in NYC, we must maintain operations to ensure that food continues to reach members of our communities in need. To that effect, our warehouse remains open and our trucks are on the road to ensure food is delivered to our citywide network of soup kitchens and food pantries.

  • Is Food Bank For New York City open in light of Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order mandating that 100% of the workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8PM, excluding essential services:

    Food Bank For New York City is considered an essential service, and we want to assure New Yorkers that we are open and our trucks are on the road delivering food to communities across the city each day.

  • Are volunteers considered essential workers?

    According to the Executive Order 202.6 statement, food banks are considered an essential service, which means that volunteers for food banks and other emergency food programs are considered part of the essential workforce.

    If you are scheduled to volunteer at Food Bank’s Warehouse or Community Kitchen and you are feeling well, we encourage you to attend your shift as scheduled to support this critical work. Should you need it, we have provided the following letter of verification when traveling to our sites for scheduled service,

  • Is it safe for me to volunteer?

    Yes. Food Bank continues to take proactive steps to ensure best health practices for the safety of our staff and volunteers, while continuing to serve the needs of New Yorkers. This includes doubling down on the frequency and intensity of cleanings at our Bronx Warehouse and Community Kitchen in Harlem – and ensuring that alcohol-based hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes, gloves, and tissues are readily available in these public spaces.

    Food Bank encourages staff and volunteers to stay home if they feel ill to minimize the risk of exposure for the vulnerable populations we serve, and strongly encourage personal protection measures outlined by the CDC and local health officials such as hand-washing for 20 seconds. Staff and volunteers are required to sign a COVID-19 Testament of Health Waiver before starting a shift.

    Following recent CDC guidance on social distancing and limiting large gatherings in a confined area, we have limited the number of volunteers per shift at our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry as well as at our Warehouse. We have also made program adjustments at the Community Kitchen to help prioritize the safety of our clients and volunteers. During all meal services, our clients will receive to-go meals rather than dining on site. During all pantry hours, our clients will receive to-go pantry bags rather than shopping in our pantry space.

for Volunteers serving DURING food bank's COVID-19 response efforts

This letter confirms that Food Bank is deemed an essential business under Executive Order 202.6 and is therefore exempt from the in-person restriction. Volunteers may carry this letter as verification when traveling to our sites for scheduled service.