Volunteering is not only a great help to us, it’s also incredibly rewarding for those who give their time.
IMPORTANT VOLUNTEER UPDATE: Due to the low volume of donated food at this time, we are not currently able to accept new individual volunteers or students for food sorting in our warehouse this summer. However, we can still schedule groups of 8 or less at limited times.
We hope to see improvements (and see you!) by the fall. In the meantime, we encourage people over the age of 18 to look into volunteer experiences on our farm via our volunteer page or consider finding and contacting your local emergency food program and inquire about their current volunteer opportunities.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support!
The kind-hearted people who volunteer with the Ottawa Food Bank help us, in the most hands-on way possible, get our neighbours beyond hunger. See our Volunteer Impact Report.
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, volunteer opportunities, and include a tour of our facility.
Corporate and community groups interested in booking a group food sorting shift at the Ottawa Food Bank or participating in our Community Harvest farming program should email Jo-Anne for more information and to book a shift.
If you’re planning on volunteering with the Ottawa Food Bank, please take a moment to read our VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK.
If you have any questions, please email Jo-Anne.
Information Sessions & Volunteer Opportunities
To view Information Sessions and Volunteer Opportunities, select the button below. Your sign up options will follow.
Group bookings for volunteer opportunities in our warehouse fill up well in advance. Please reach out to Jo-Anne to book your session.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
If you’d like to volunteer for any of our member agencies, please contact them directly. Click below to find the member agency closest to you.
How you help
Take a look at how our amazing volunteers help change the lives of people in Ottawa by reading our Volunteer Impact Report. We would not be able to accomplish our mission if it weren’t for the amazing people who donate their time.