Interfaith Food Pantry relies heavily on volunteers to help us achieve our mission of feeding Morris County’s food insecure families. Most volunteer jobs are “staff” volunteer positions meaning we ask you to commit to a regular schedule.In addition, most take place Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.We receive many requests for opportunities for children and weekend volunteer opportunities, please note these are currently limited to Home Delivery and occasional events (see below). Due the recent changes at IFP because of COVID 19, our volunteer roles and needs have changed. All volunteers are required to wear masks and gloves and have their temperature taken before they can enter the building.Volunteer roles and the amount of people permitted in the building are limited to ensure the safety of our staff, clients,and volunteers. Below are our current volunteer needs:
Distribution-1-2 volunteers per shift -Monday -Thursday -12:45 -3:00 pm, Wednesday evening (2 Executive Drive) 5:45 -8:00 pm and Saturday (2 Executive Drive) 9:45 am -12:00 pm. Entails loading grocery carts with packed bags and produce, then adding items/bags to them according to family size and bringing the carts out to the parking lot. Must be able to be on your feet for long periods of time, comfortable interacting with people and the ability to lift 30+ lbs.
Bag Packing–2-3 volunteers per shift -Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & occasional Fridays, 10:00 am -12:00 pm (2 Executive Drive). Looking for detail orientated volunteers who can stand on their feet for extended periods of time to neatly pack bags for our clients. Please be willing to follow packing instructions provided by client services! Must be able to lift 30+ lbs and stand on your feet for long periods of time.
Produce–looking for volunteers with some produce knowledge to help sort and bag produce on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursday’s from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Must be able to be on your feet the entire time and lift 30-50+ lbs.
Mobile Pantry Assist-we need volunteers to accompany an IFP employee in the van to help load and unload food at Senior Centers throughout Morris County. Must be 18+ years, able to lift and push 50+ lbs and be comfortable driving in the van with someone else (with a mask on of course). Dates vary (during the week) and will be discussed if interested.
Home Delivery – matching elderly and disabled clients who have no transportation with volunteers who can pick up their food for them from our main resource center in Morris Plains and deliver to the client (locations throughout Morris County) with their personal vehicles on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Valid drivers license, insurance and ability to carry 15 -20lb. bags. Background check is conducted.
Sorting donations–looking for detail orientated volunteer’s to sort donations and check expiration dates of products at our 2 Executive Drive location, Monday –Thursday 9:00 am –12:00 pm.Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time and lift 20+ lbs. Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time and lift 20+ lbs. Currently,we do not have availability for this position but are looking for substitute volunteers.
Re-stock Volunteers–volunteers put presorted, shelf-stable items on our pantry shelves before our bag packers come in at 10:00 am. Monday –Thursday 8:30 am –10:00 am. Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time and lift 20+ lbs. Currently, we do not have availability for this position but are looking for substitute volunteers.
On-Call Substitutes –people willing to be on call for any of the above positions in the event the staff volunteer is unavailable.
If interested please contact Allison Sillence at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-538-8049 x 218.
Check back often to see what’s going on, as our needs change – but we always need your help!
PLEASE NOTE: The Interfaith Food Pantry is closed on most major holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. We do not serve holiday meals at the food pantry.