Gather and Grow Food Shelf & Connection Center

We strive to provide healthy food and groceries to all in need.  There are a variety of ways to volunteer and you can find all the details here.  

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Help our Administrative Team create a great experience for all volunteers & clients!

Can't wait to get into the office? Create a positive Food Shelf experience by completing behind-the-scenes tasks as a member of our amazing Volunteer Squad. Tasks include filing, data entry, record keeping and other administrative tasks.

Stockroom Stocking & Organization

Do you love organizing?

Picture of a group of people sorting food in a food pantry

Ready to do the heavy lifting? Join us in the stockroom to receive and sort donations, track inventory, restock main floor shelves and clean up to maintain an organized and safe environment.


Food Rescue Program

Ready to make a big impact by retrieving donations from local stores?

Male driver with boxes

Volunteer as one of our drivers and drive around Waconia picking up food donations from community partners and delivering them to the Food Shelf warehouse.

After you get back with the donations, you will weigh the items and help put the cold/perishable donations away.

Valid driver's license and car insurance required.

Helping during shopping shifts - Shopper Facing - Waconia

Biggest Need is Shift Volunteers working directly with clients!

Do you have a welcoming smile and an open heart? Welcome visitors, explain how the pantry works, answer questions, and assist visitors as needed.

Special Events

All hands on deck! Help behind-the-scenes at various events to raise awareness of food insecurity in our community.


Mobile Delivery Program

Don't mind delivering groceries to doorsteps?  We delivery groceries to residents within our service area once a month!  Join our team!

Site Upgrades and Relaunch Needs

As we earn a Super Shelf status at the Watertown site we will need help reorganizing, putting together shelving, etc.

Helping during shopping shifts - Shopper Facing - Watertown

Help while we're open to the public for shopping.  Volunteers will do a variety of tasks including checking shoppers in and out, stocking, and minor cleaning at the end of the shift.

Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement

Our heartfelt mission is to provide fresh food, high-quality groceries and supportive services to our great community

Vision Statement

We envision a community where everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food and connection to every available resource.