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Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.

Volunteers are the driving force behind foodbanks. There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis. We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.

Warehouse volunteer

This role involves receiving food donations, weighing the food in for our records, dating it and sorting by type of food and organised into crates. You will also use a ‘shopping list’ to select and pack parcels containing the three-days worth of food for the person or family visiting the Foodbank. Once the food has been picked it needs to be bagged and weighed, then given out at one of our Foodbank sessions.

Meeting and greeting

This role requires you to welcome the person to the Foodbank, go over the information on their Food Voucher and signpost them to other agencies that may be able to help.  You will then select the correct food parcel for their household, sourcing other items that may be needed.

Driver volunteer

We have several roles for local people with vehicles to pick up food from local collection points, for example local supermarkets, ideally on a weekly basis to ensure that donations are received at the warehouse on a regular basis.

Supermarket Collection volunteer

Several times a year there are one-off supermarket collection events, where volunteers man a collection  point for donations.

Your Local Pantry Smethwick

The Pantry is a community food store set up to create a sustainable, long term solution to food poverty by helping people save money on their food bills. We are looking for volunteers for a number of roles.

Please contact Nicola Edwards directly on [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering at any of the Smethwick CAN projects.

If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

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