Sorting Food

Position Details

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 Thursday

Tasks, Duties, & Responsibilities

  • Unpack donated food
  • Categorize and box donated food
  • Check the quality of donation
  • 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 the Warehouse Coordinator

Qualifications, Skills, & Requirements

  • Able to work independently with minimal support
  • Able to read, write and identify product categories
  • Able to lift 20 lbs. beneficial, but not necessary
  • Able to work effectively in a team setting
  • Able to work with a diverse group of individuals
  • Must follow directions of the warehouse staff

Health & Safety Requirements

  • Due to health and safety regulations, volunteers are not permitted to use equipment
  • Closed-toed shoes are required – sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted
  • Cell phone and earphone use is not permitted in the warehouse
  • The minimum age permitted in the warehouse is 14 years

Benefit to You

Assisting with food distribution in a fast-paced, friendly environment.

Benefit to the Ottawa Food Bank

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

Need food?

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