Ages 12 and under

We have many upcoming volunteer opportunities available, search here often: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index

Volunteer shifts are typically 2 hours. Open dates will list if morning or afternoon times are available.

  • All volunteers must sign a waiver.
  • All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes in the warehouse.
  • If you show any signs of cold, flu or sickness please abstain from repackaging food.
  • No one under the age of 12 can volunteer in the warehouse.
  • Groups consisting of youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by chaperones. We require 1 adult for every 10 youth.

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Dan Johnson – djohnson@thefoodgroupmn.org or 763-450-3889
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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Last year, over 600 kids, teens and adults were able to face the Minnesota winter safely thanks to donations of warm winter gear. Donated items are provided free of charge to families in need of warm clothes. Please clean out your closets and invite your friends to do the same. Donate gently used coats, parkas, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves, mittens and boots! 

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N
Ages: All
Date(s): Deliver Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Time(s): Varies
Contact: lerstad-hicks@iocp.org
Website: http://www.iocp.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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We need your help in Wayzata:
– Public Gardens
– Adopt-A-Garden
– The Big Woods
– Administration
– Community Services
– Emerald Ash Borer Tree Legacy Census

Location: Wayzata, MN
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: volunteers@wayzata.org
Website: http://www.westsidecia.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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Help gather and load up donations from local retailers to be transported back to the food shelf. Heavy lifting required. Can be done as a family.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Any age
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Weekday mornings, Saturday mornings and some Wednesday evenings
Contact: lerstad-hicks@iocp.org
Website: http://www.iocp.org
Time Commitment: 8 or more hours/month

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We dedicate select Tuesdays (May 9, May 23, June 6, September 12, September 26, October 10, October 24, November 14, November 28, & December 12) from 9-11am and the second Wednesday evening each month for individuals looking to help us fight hunger. These individual volunteers come together and help us pack and sort food from 5-7pm. 

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 8+
Date(s): Tuesdays (November 14, November 28, & December 12) and second Wednesday evening each month from 5-7PM
Time(s): 9-11am
Contact: Dan Johnson – djohnson@thefoodgroupmn.org or 763-450-3889
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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Seeking Volunteers at the Colony a Senior Living community in Eden Prairie. 1:1 visiting, music, assist with manicures, games. Families volunteering together encouraged! 

Location: 6100 Normandale Road, Edina MN 55436
Ages: 8+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact:  jmonroe@normandalecenter.org or 952-929-1698
Website: http://www.normandalecenter.org

Time Commitment: varies

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We do monthly birthday parties at the Passage Community. Our parties are on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-8. Volunteers help set up, clean up, and most importantly have fun with the kids and families. All supplies are provided. You have the option of purchasing a birthday gift for a specific child–a great way to get your younger kids involved. We are the local chapter of the national organization The Birthday Party Project.

To sign up you must go to the website…www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org, fill out a background check, and then you can request to sign up for the dates for the MPLS parties.

Location: The Passage Community; 17 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: 5+
Date(s): the 3rd Thursday of each month
Time(s): 6-8pm
Contact: abkieffer@aol.com
Website: http://thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours each time—can sign up for one or many!

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Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story‚Äôs purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school.

We are an ever-growing network of weekend food programs, commonly called backpack programs, operating in multiple schools. Our organizational model is unique in that The Sheridan Story provides logistical expertise and project execution while leveraging community partnerships for funding and volunteers.

We work right here in Minnesota. Most of our work is in the Twin Cities area, but we work in greater Minnesota, as well!

One great way to support The Sheridan Story and raise awareness about the issue of child hunger in our community is through a food drive. Food drives are great service opportunities for offices, faith-based groups, boy scouts, girl scouts, school groups, sports teams and more.

Don’t worry – we make a food drive easy (and it’s fun)! We have lots of helpful tools to help you with your food drive: http://www.thesheridanstory.com/food-drive 

Location: 2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113
Ages: All ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: fooddrive@thesheridanstory.com
Website: http://www.thesheridanstory.com/food-drive
Time Commitment: Varies

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Hammer is a non-profit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. We are looking for individuals and families who like to have fun. Volunteers can host a pizza and movie night, game night, arts and crafts, or a variety of other activities in one of our homes. Volunteers will build a rapport and spend quality time with those we serve. When and how long you volunteer will be based on your personal schedule. This is a great way to give back to those in your community.

Location: 1909 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Ages: Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): To be determined by your schedule
Contact: cthoma@hammer.org
Website: http://www.hammer.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month

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Come help Free Bikes 4 Kidz clean and fix up gently used bikes! Come share the joy of having a bike with children in our community, by getting donated bikes ready to ride! No experience is necessary, we are looking for volunteers of all skill levels. With the support of our volunteers, we have given away over 38,000 bicycles since 2008. Join us!

Location: The Free Bikes 4 Kidz Warehouse, 49th Ave N., New Hope, MN 55428

Ages: All ages, kids ages 10 and up are welcome to volunteer with an adult.

Date(s): Daily (except Thanksgiving) until Friday, December 8th
Time(s): daytime, evening, and weekend hours are available, check the website for more details
Contact: Catherine catherine@fb4k.org 
Website: FB4K.org/volunteer
Time Commitment: shifts are three hours

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