Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.
Our volunteers are the driving force behind the Exeter Foodbank. There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis. We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.
We always need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into parcels for clients to collect. You could help in this vital work to ensure we have the right food available at all times. Sessions take place at our Warehouse most Monday nights and Wednesday afternoons. If you are interested in joining one of the Sorting Teams please contact us.
Food Drop collections
We have a number of supermarket, office and church locations across the City and beyond, we always need volunteers with transport who would be willing to collect food from these locations. The food is delivered to the warehouse, weighed and logged in. This often involves a time commitment of one to two hours per week. If you are interested in joining the Collection Team please contact us.
Centre Re-Stock Delivery
Once food has been sorted and weighed it needs to be re-stocked to our delivery centre, this involves re-supplying the local store with enough food to meet the current levels of demand and again would suit volunteers with their own transport willing to make a run between the warehouse and the Centre once a week.
Helping at the Foodbank Centre
Meet clients and give out food parcels. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.
Volunteer Application Process
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please do complete and return a Volunteer-Application-Form, indicating your areas of interest.
As we have a high volume of applicants, we hold specific volunteer information evenings to which applicants are invited to find out more about the different volunteering opportunities currently available. Once you have attended the information evening, you will be invited for a 1:1 informal chat so we can hear more about your skills and interests and answer any additional questions you may have.
Please note that due to very high levels of volunteer applications, we will now not be taking on new volunteers until the spring of 2018. You are very welcome to complete a volunteer application form, but please note that we will keep this on file and contact you in the new year. Thank you for your overwhelming levels of support!
Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with us. If you have any questions about this process, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!