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

Update January 2021

Due to Covid-restrictions, we are currently not taking on new volunteers.  However, you are very welcome to complete a Volunteer Application form and email it back to us and we will get in touch as soon as a vacancy becomes available.

Please email [email protected] to request an application form.

Alternatively, you can contact the  Trussell Trust Volunteer hub that recruits for other Foodbanks in the area.

Other local volunteering options are with Sandwell SCVO,  the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme.

 

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.

Smethwick CAN Community Allotment

We’re looking to increase our volunteers at our community allotment. This may be to help with the weekly tasks or to help someone to learn how they can grow their own produce. All the food grown is distributed to the residents of Smethwick through the fFoodbank or in the Smethwick CAN Cafe

Smethwick CAN Cafe

This is held weekly on Thursdays at Raglan Road Church, Smethwick, B66 3ND. We are looking for people who can take and serve orders and for suitably qualified people for the kitchen.  This is currently on a takeaway only basis due to Covid restrictions.

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 Christina Murray directly on [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering at Your Local Pantry.

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

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