Greater Cleveland Food Bank


Volunteer Program Update: September 2020

We are very excited to announce that this will result in opening up many more opportunities for volunteers to get involved with our Repack, Kitchen, and Distribution events!

 As we’ve mentioned in previous updates, things will look and feel much different than in the past. Starting with our new “Virtual Volunteer Orientation” (Click Here to View!) that volunteers will view in lieu of an onsite presentation, and continuing as volunteers arrive for shifts wearing masks and prepared to socially distance, we have increased our focus on ensuring that volunteers, staff, and clients remain safe at all times. Please find a PDF version of our revamped Volunteer Safety Protocols to get a better idea of these new requirements. One other new (and neat!) way that we’re working to keep everyone safe is with our newly acquired Clorox Total360 machine. Dubbed “Oscar” by our Repack team, we will be using this machine to sanitize all of our volunteer areas before each shift and also throughout the facility. Please join me in welcoming Oscar to the GCFB team.

We are also announcing a new Volunteer Travel Policy that has been created in the wake of the new guidelines concerning out-of-state travel. The document and guidelines have been adapted from Food Bank staff’s own policy, and we plan to adjust it as the State continues to makes changes to its recommendations and restrictions. For the time being, we will be requiring all volunteers and staff members that have traveled to any of the following states to quarantine for two weeks before returning to our facility: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas. Please plan to review this Policy thoroughly, especially if you are planning any upcoming travel in addition to your volunteer activities.

Starting Monday, August 31st we plan to have the following volunteer shifts available each week

September 2020 Schedule 

Mondays: Repack: 5-8 p.m. (25 volunteers)

Tuesdays: Kitchen: 8-12 p.m. (14 volunteers)   Repack: 9-12 p.m. (15 volunteers), 1-4 p.m. (25 volunteers), 5-8 p.m. (25 volunteers)

Wednesday: Repack 5-8 p.m. (25 volunteers)

Thursdays: Kitchen: 8-12 p.m. (14 volunteers)   Repack: 9-12 p.m. (15 volunteers), 1-4 p.m. (25 volunteers), 5-8 p.m. (25 volunteers)               

Saturdays: Repack: 9-12 p.m. (25 volunteers)

Distributions: Thursdays, 12:30-5:30pm (up to 70 Volunteers)

For these September volunteers shifts, we will be requiring all volunteers to be 16 or older in order to participate. If you are interested in bringing a group of five or more people under the age of 18, we will require at least one parent, guardian, or chaperone to be present with the group.

Thank you for your continued support, and especially for bearing with us as our volunteer program continues to make adjustments in an effort to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.


Matt Jackson
Volunteer Experience Manager

Devin McNulty-DeMarco
Volunteer Experience Coordinator

Volunteers are crucial to all operations of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, whether in traditional roles (collecting, sorting, and repacking food that comes through our warehouse every day) or using special skills to support with administrative functions or special projects.

In 2019, more than 21,000 volunteers contributed more than 92,000 hours of service to the Food Bank, a savings of more than two million dollars in salaries and benefits, allowing for additional food to be provided to our agencies and clients.

Reach Volunteer Services by phone at 216-738-2053

Get started by clicking on one of the options below:

  • To learn more of our current volunteer opportunites, click here. 
  • To explore Special Skills Based Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

  • To learn more about the status of group volunteer shifts this summer (2020), please contact the Volunteer Experience team at or 216-738-7240.

  • If you or your group is interested in having a member of our Speakers Beareau present about our Advocacy efforts, click here