Position Title: Volunteer Food Sorter
Supervisor: Warehouse Coordinator
Purpose: To help the Ottawa Food Bank efficiently and effectively organize food for distribution to our agencies across the city.
Time Commitment: Flexible. When available, shifts run morning or afternoons, Monday to Friday

Tasks, Duties, & Responsibilities

  • Unpack donated food
  • Categorize and box donated food
  • Check quality of product
  • Check expiration and best before dates on food products
  • Carry boxes to corresponding pallets
  • Keep sorting table area clean and tidy
  • Follow the direction of Warehouse Coordinator

Qualifications, Skills, & Requirements

  • Able to read, write and identify product categories
  • Able to lift 20 lbs beneficial, but not necessary
  • Able to work effectively in a team
  • Able to work with a diverse group of individuals
  • Must follow directions of the warehouse staff
  • Minimum age to volunteer alone: 14 years old
  • Minimum age with supervision: 10 years

Health & Safety Considerations

  • Due to health and safety regulations, volunteers are not permitted to use equipment
  • Closed-toed shoes must be worn at all times
  • Cell phones and ear phones are not permitted in warehouse
  • Please read and abide by Health & Safety Ontario Manual Materials Handling

Benefit to you

You’re helping get our neighbours beyond hunger, hands on, in a friendly environment.

Benefit to the Ottawa Food Bank

In valuable. Every donated item is hand sorted by our volunteers – we would not be able to do this without you.



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