GVFB Volunteer Program


Welcome!

Volunteering with the GVFB is an impactful way to provide healthy food to those in need. Thanks to our generous volunteers, we can support 16,000 clients directly and 130+ Community Agency Partners – each month! Last year, our volunteers donated 50,000 hours of their time – the equivalent of about 25 full-time staff.

Some benefits of volunteering:

  • Help Others – provide your time and energy to help those in need.
  • Meet New People – become part of a community and form new friendships.
  • Get Active – improve your own physical and mental health.
  • Learn New Skills –  volunteering provides an opportunity to learn new skills and can advance your career
  • Feel Good About Yourself – volunteering brings fulfillment to your life. Build confidence while having fun!

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Distribution

Food Distribution: Distribution is an opportunity to work together and directly provide healthy food to clients. It is a highly rewarding role that provides weekly assistance to individuals, couples, and families in need. 

Locations:

  • 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby
  • 3454 Lougheed Hwy, Vancouver

Responsibilities:

  • Greeting clients and providing any organizational updates.
  • Distributing menu items and following allotment requirements.  
  • Sweeping, cleaning the distribution site, and ensuring all sharp objects (ie. Box cutters) are put away.  
  • Restocking stations, recycling packaging and composting spoiled food.
  • Monitoring the parking lot and providing directions to clients and vehicles.  
  • Quality checking and sorting produce before distribution.
  • Completing other distribution-related tasks as needed 

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Ability to stand for at least 4 hours.
  • Fluent in speaking English and able to comprehend instructions in English.  
  • Ability to follow directions and work independently.
  • Ability to bend, lift and twist. Lifting may be required depending on the task. Contact volunteer@foodbank.bc.ca to discuss accommodation.  
  • Front-line, retail, or customer service experience is an asset
  • Ability to speak multiple languages (i.e. Cantonese, Farsi, Spanish) is an asset.

Distribution Interpreter: The GVFB supports a diverse community, with many of our clients speaking a language other than English. Volunteers will provide translation support during registration and update interviews. 

Locations:

  • 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby
  • 3454 Lougheed Hwy, Vancouver

Responsibilities:

  • Providing direct and neutral interpretation of sensitive conversations between GVFB staff and clients  
  • Sharing general interpretations about policy and appointment bookings with clients. 
  • When not engaged in translations, the volunteer will perform other duties as assigned by the distribution volunteer coordinator, such as light cleaning, distributing product, greeting clients, etc. 

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old 
  • Fluent in speaking English and able to comprehend instructions in English. 
  • Proficient in speaking Cantonese and Mandarin. 
  • Ability to communicate with others in a tactful manner. 
  • Active listening skills. 
  • Ability to sit for at least 4 hours. 
  • Ability to stand for at least 4 hours.  
  • Ability to bend, lift, and twist up to 20 lbs. Contact volunteer@foodbank.bc.ca for accommodations. 
  • Experience related to language interpretation, social services, or customer service is an asset.

Community Engagement (Event)

Participate in seasonal events that promote the GVFB, educate the public, and generate donations. These opportunities are also great ways to meet new people and experience fun local events. Your responsibilities could range from setting up grocery store campaigns to helping with 50/50 draws at Hastings Racecourse.

Locations, shift times, and requirements: Varies depending on the event; however, customer service, food and beverage, retail and/or previous events experience is beneficial.

Our Mission and Vision

 

Mission

Providing healthy food to those in need.

 

Vision

Healthy communities through fair and effective food systems.