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How do we stretch every donated dollar into three meals for hungry Marylanders? With the help of volunteers like you.
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There are many ways for volunteers to help at the Maryland Food Bank. You can sign up to assist in warehouses, kitchens, offices, farms, markets, or live events.

Whether you’re sorting food, harvesting crops, flash-freezing healthy meals in our Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen, or serving as a nutrition ambassador, Maryland Food Bank volunteers make a big impact in the lives of hungry Marylanders.

Check out individual and group volunteer opportunities near you:

Volunteer at Baltimore Branch
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Baltimore Warehouse

Sort and check the expiration dates of donated food on our conveyor belt, pack boxes, and create meal kits. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old (14-year-olds are welcome on nights and weekends), able to lift 25 pounds, and stand for three hours. You can volunteer as an individual or a group (5-20 volunteers).

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Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen

Help prepare ingredients and package meals for distribution across the state. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, able to lift 25 pounds, and able to stand for three hours. You can volunteer as an individual or a group (5-10 volunteers).

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Baltimore Office

Build your resume and use your office skills to help with filing, data entry, and special projects like donor mailings in Baltimore.

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Volunteer at Salisbury Branch
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Salisbury Warehouse

Sort and check the expiration dates of donated food on our conveyor belt, pack boxes, and create meal kits. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old (14-year-olds are welcome on nights and weekends), able to lift 25 pounds, and stand for three hours. You can volunteer as an individual or a group (5-20 volunteers).

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Salisbury Office

Build your resume and use your office skills to help with filing, data entry, and special projects like donor mailings at our Hagerstown location.

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Volunteer at Farms Across Maryland
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Farm to Food Bank

This Maryland Food Bank program helps get more local produce to more Marylanders. Pick fresh fruits & vegetables at partner farms across the state. There are no age or physical restrictions to participate. Volunteer as an individual or organize a group (5-20 volunteers). Learn more about the program, including locations.

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Volunteer at HEART Markets Across Maryland
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HEART Markets

Our Healthy Eats Are Really Tasty (HEART) Market program combines fresh produce and staple groceries with music, education, and demonstrations at schools across the state. Volunteers help set up the market, distribute food, and clean up after the event. You must be at least 14 years old, be able to lift 40 pounds. and stand for 3 hours. Volunteer as an individual or group (5-10 volunteers). Learn more about scheduled events and locations.

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Volunteer Guidelines

  • All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes and should bring a jacket or sweatshirt.
  • The minimum age to volunteer varies depending on the activity. Check the shift descriptions for specific requirements.
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old. There must be at least one chaperone for every five youth volunteers.
  • Physical requirements vary by activity, so check the shift descriptions. However, at a minimum, volunteers must be able to stand for up to the three hours and lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Volunteers who arrive more than 30 minutes after the start of their shift will be asked to reschedule.

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A Day in the Life of a Maryland Food Bank Volunteer

Take a look at what it means to be a volunteer at the Maryland Food Bank. Ready to lend a hand?

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