What kind of work will I/we be doing? Can I/we request a specific task?
The majority of volunteers assist in Sort/Repack shifts. These shifts include activities such as sorting donations by nutritional category, repackaging bulk food into family sized quantities, placing stickers on unlabeled cans and even building backpack inserts. Shifts are booked in advance, but the actual activity is based on the needs of the warehouse on any given day.
Can children volunteer?
Volunteers as young as the age of 8 are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. A complete list of safety requirements can be found on our Volunteer Policies and Liability Release.
All volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a copy of the Volunteer Policies and Liability Release form completed by a parent or legal guardian unless their parent/ legal guardian volunteers with them.
What should I wear?
Closed toe shoes are required in the warehouse. Shoes should be sturdy and offer adequate protection (no canvas shoes, such as ballet flats). Sandals, tank tops, shorts (above knee-length) and offensive clothing are not permitted. Clothing should not restrict movement. The warehouse is not temperature-controlled, so layers are recommended!
Is the work strenuous?
Most warehouse activities are not physically demanding, though standing for extended periods of time is likely. At times, volunteers may be asked to assist with light to moderate (20-50 lbs) lifting. If you have a physical limitation, we will do our best to accommodate.
Can you accommodate volunteers with disabilities?
Please let us know if you or anyone in your group needs special accommodations, and we will do our best to ensure that an appropriate task is available for your shift.
I have a food allergy. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! Please let us know about your allergy and the severity when booking your volunteer time, and we will do our best to ensure that your activity will not include contact with an allergen. However, we are not able to guarantee an allergen-free environment, due to our warehouse setting.
Can I volunteer on a regular basis?
Yes! We have a great network of volunteers (individuals and families) who have made a commitment to come in on a regular basis, usually for the same shift on a weekly/biweekly/monthly basis. Please contact your area’s warehouse (Boise, Pocatello, or Lewiston) to speak with someone about setting up a recurring reservation.
I have a large group (more than 15 people), and we’d like to volunteer together.
With adequate notice, we are able to handle most group requests. Send an email with your request to the warehouse in your area, and we will work with you to create a rewarding experience for your group.
I need to complete court-mandated community service hours.
We do accept court-mandated volunteers, with some limitations. See here for more information.