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Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.

Volunteers are the driving force behind foodbanks. 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.

Warehouse volunteer

We 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.
Where: Coatbridge Business Centre

When: Monday

Time commitment: 2 – 4 hours per week

Main contact: Sandra Renicks Food Bank Coordinator
Overview of the role: This role involves supporting the food bank team in managing their food donations. Food donations are sorted, weighed and packed ready for distribution.

Key tasks

– Ensure that all warehousing procedures and processes are followed as per the foodbank operating manual

– Receive food donations from members of the public and thank them

– Ensure that incoming stock is checked, weighed, and recorded

– Sort food by date and type, removing any items that are damaged or out-of-date and weighing these out separately

– Keep warehouse area clean and tidy at all times in accordance with procedures set out in the warehouse manual, and notifying the food bank coordinator if there are any concerns

– Prepare stock orders for the foodbank centre and/or emergency food boxes, as appropriate

– Assist in undertaking an annual stock take as detailed in the foodbank operating manual

– Report any health & safety or safeguarding concerns to the food bank coordinator

About you

– Strong team player

– Understands the importance of health and safety

– Organised and self-motivated

– Happy with some heavy lifting

– Benefits of volunteering

– Using your existing skills to make a difference

– Meet new people who share your passion to eradicate poverty in the community

– Make a real difference to the running of your food bank

Impact of your role

– Helping to drive efficiencies in the running of the food bank

– Protecting the future of the food bank

– Developing the reach of the food bank


You will be given all the required training and support before starting your role.

You will have a main contact throughout your time volunteering.

How to apply

For more information and to request an application form, please contact [email protected]

Voucher coordinator

Foodbanks work with front line agencies who in turn refer clients to foodbanks. Some foodbanks have over 100 referral partners and in this role you will be coordinating the issuing and distribution of vouchers to these agencies. Once the vouchers are redeemed the data they contain needs to be added to our central database. Full training and support is available.

Helping at a 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.

Web editor

Our local website needs constant attention. Could your digital skills help communicate our message to a local and global audience? You will need to know a little about websites and ideally have experience of using WordPress (though training and support is available).

If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

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