Volunteering with the Ottawa Food Bank

Volunteers are the cornerstone of the work we do. Our biggest donors are the people who donate their time – our volunteers. Volunteers support many facets of our work. While volunteers help us fight hunger in the community, the experience of volunteering can be very rewarding itself. The feeling of been an integral part of getting food to those who need it in our community is unmatched. Read what some of our volunteers have to say.

Facts about our volunteers

  • Volunteers donated 24,697 hours of their time in 2013-14.
  • Volunteers completed work equivalent to that of 13 full-time employees in 2013-14.

How to Volunteer

Individuals, students, and families looking to volunteer on a regular basis throughout the year must attend a Volunteer information Session (less than an hour in length). These sessions provide information on the Ottawa Food Bank, explore the volunteer opportunities, and include a tour of our facility.

Please note the Ottawa Food Bank’s hour of operation are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. We are not open on evenings and weekends, however we do have occasional volunteer opportunities at special events that take place during off hours and off site throughout the year.

Please register for an upcoming Volunteer Information session:

Upcoming Information Sessions

Please note: Each session registers a maximum of 20 participants. Sessions are typically booked a month in advance.

Click the date that works for you for more details then email Jo-Anne to RSVP!

Corporate and community groups interesting in booking a group food sorting shift at the Ottawa Food Bank (1317 Michael Street) or participating in our Community Harvest farming program should email Jo-Anne for more information and to book a shift.

Summer Student Volunteers

The Ottawa Food Bank accepts a limited number of students during July and August.  Students must be 14 years of age to volunteer alone and  attend a volunteer information session before being scheduled.  Each student volunteer is offered one 3 hour food sorting shift per week.  These shifts are scheduled during  our daytime hours of operation, Monday to Friday. Please note that we do not offer full time or full day placements