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What to Know Before Volunteering at Food Bank of Wyoming

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Food Bank of Wyoming couldn’t do what we do without volunteers. As our food distribution programs and operations continue to expand across the state, so, too, do our volunteer operations. From packing boxes for mobile pantries and assembling bags of fresh produce, to delivering food boxes to older adults and pulling orders in the distribution center, we have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available weekly!

It takes many individuals and several different Food Bank of Wyoming teams to organize and support a volunteer event from start to finish. The programs team kicks things off by creating a recipe from available food products we have in stock, then passes things off to our warehouse team, which pulls the food from around the distribution center. Finally, our volunteer coordinator and community engagement specialist take over to identify the number of volunteers needed to organize and pack all that food and ensure a positive volunteer experience.

Some of the process outlined above takes place months before volunteers step foot in our distribution center. That’s why Food Bank of Wyoming’s volunteer calendar on our website is an important tool for us to plan. For instance, if we see that we don’t have enough volunteers for a large opportunity coming up, we know we need to reach out to more folks to assist us. Conversely, if too many volunteers arrive for a shift without first signing up, there might be too many hands ready to do their part and not enough tasks to go around.

It is important to us that you have a positive and impactful volunteer experience at Food Bank of Wyoming. We value your time and commitment to your community and are excited to have you as a volunteer! Please look at our calendar and sign up for any open opportunities to help our neighbors across the state. If you are having problems signing up or have any questions about our volunteer opportunities, contact Shelly Swierkowski at 307-232-4008.

Follow this link to access the calendar: foodbankrockies.volunteerhub.com/vv2/lp/wyoming

Here are a few of the opportunities you’ll find on our website:

Filling Mobile Pantry Boxes

  • Pack shelf-stable food boxes to be distributed across the state at our 19 rural mobile pantries
  • Great for all ages 10 and up; children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult

 
Building Produce Bags

  • Assemble mixed bags of produce to be distributed across the state at our 19 rural mobile pantries
  • Great for all ages 10 and up; children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult

 
Build EverGreen Boxes™ for Older Adults

  • Assemble food boxes for older adults in Wyoming

 
Deliver EverGreen Boxes™ to Older Adults

  • Deliver much-needed food boxes to the homes of older adults across Natrona County once a month

 
Wyoming Program Support

  • Help the warehouse staff pull orders for partners around the state in our distribution center

 
Friday Produce Pallets

  • Create mixed pallets of produce for our Hunger Relief Partners around the state
  • This task requires lifting heavy items; it’s a workout that gives back!

 
Repackaging Dry Goods

  • Repack bulk items into usable portions to help us stretch our resources

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