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Want to help but not sure how? We have volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and interests. Find out more about our volunteer opportunities here, and or give us a call to talk about your options.

Already know what you want to do? Contact Dan Budd at 541-343-2822 or email here.

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Volunteer opportunities (please click on each for details on opportunities and how to sign up)

Administrative Assistant
We provide excellent customer service to all community members and to staff in a professional, enthusiastic, courteous and compassionate manner; greet and direct all visitors, provide referrals, and convey information to the public.

Board of Directors
The all-volunteer board ensures that FFLC effectively fulfills the organization’s mission. Board members serve on the following committees: Budget & Finance; Development; Executive; Policy & Planning; and Programs, Education & Services

Day Kitchen
During weekdays, volunteers prepare food for the Dining Room, repack bulk products, sort and clean donated produce and perform other kitchen tasks as needed.

The Dining Room
Due to COVID-19, the Dining Room is currently closed to volunteers.

Evening Kitchen (FREX)
Food Rescue Express (FREX) volunteers repackage rescued food from hospitals, schools and restaurants that has been prepared but not served. This “rescued” food is repackaged into family-sized portions by volunteers in FOOD For Lane County’s commercial kitchen in the evenings. The food is then distributed to families in need through food pantries, shelters and meal sites. FREX food adds nutrition and variety to emergency food boxes while engaging the community in our mission, creating new partnerships and donors and preventing good food from entering landfills.

Food and Fund Drives
Volunteering at a FOOD For Lane County event is a fun way to get involved in our mission to end hunger in Lane County. Most events happen with enormous support from volunteers. Take a look at the events page to see what’s coming up.

Gardens
Volunteers are needed year-round at FFLC’s GrassRoots Garden and Youth Farm to participate in a variety of activities, including soil preparation, planting, harvesting, composting, and greenhouse projects. Large groups of volunteers can be accommodated by special arrangement.

Meals on Wheels
Volunteer delivery drivers are needed to deliver noontime meals to homebound seniors in the Eugene area. Total time commitment is approximately two hours per week. Drivers use their own cars and should have the physical ability to carry up to ten pounds and get in and out of the car approximately 20 times during a delivery route. Drivers are required to have a current drivers license and car insurance, and must pass a DHS background check and fill out a FFLC volunteer application prior to training.

Mobile Pantry
The Mobile Pantry program focuses on serving marginalized communities and geographic areas with high need in an effort to supplement and promote other hunger-relief agencies. Through collaborations with partners and local communities the mobile pantry will work to increase food security through an equitable, sustainable, and accessible mobile pantry model while incubating self-sufficient local solutions to hunger. Each distribution requires volunteers to support the process of loading the truck, the set up of tables and food boxes, and clean up. 

Nutrition Education
FOOD for Lane County’s Nutrition Education Program provides nutrition education, basic cooking skills and tips on how to stretch limited food budgets to income-eligible audiences throughout Lane County. We currently have two education programs: Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store. Classes are taught by volunteers and administered by FOOD For Lane County in partnership with Oregon Food Bank and with the support of Share Our Strength.

Partner Agencies
All FFLC Partner Agencies are their own, independent, non-profit or religious organizations. Most are staffed by volunteers and are great places to work and volunteer in direct service. Find the closest place to you to volunteer.

Partner Agency Services
We are seeking volunteers to support this team in supporting both our partners and the warehouse which works so hard to supply them with food.

Seed to Supper
Seed to Supper is a comprehensive, six-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. Seed to Supper Garden Educator volunteers teach classes at community host sites. FOOD For Lane County offers Seed to Supper in partnership with Oregon Food Bank.

Senior Grocery Program
The Senior Grocery Program provides groceries to low-income seniors in our community. Volunteer as a Senior Grocery delivery driver! Volunteers must be able to carry 40 pounds, provide a copy of a current driver’s license, car insurance and pass a background check. A short orientation is required prior to beginning deliveries. Deliveries are scheduled between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday.

Snack Pack
FFLC partners with Springfield Public Schools to support Two Rivers Dos Rios, Maple Elementary, and Riverbend Elementary with 300 Snack Packs a week. These shelf-stable weekend snacks are offered to youth needing supplemental food assistance. Once a month, we invite a team of volunteers into our warehouse to hand-pack Snack Packs for the schools. In two hours, we can create over 1,000 Snack Packs for youth. Join us!

Summer Food Program
FOOD for Lane County serves free, nutritious lunches to children during the summer through its Summer Food Program. Volunteers serve lunches to children at sites located throughout Lane County and prepare lunches at Lane Community College.

Warehouse (including Food Sorters)
Warehouse volunteers help with basic warehouse tasks such as cleaning, loading and unloading trucks and vans, sorting donated food and helping with pick-ups and deliveries. Available shifts vary during the warehouse operating hours Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.