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Every Sunday from July to the end of October, volunteers visit all the vendor and farmer booths at the Minneapolis Farmers Market to collect surplus produce from the market that they can no longer sell. If you would like to sign up for a Sunday morning farmers market volunteer shift, please see our Volunteerhub page for the most up-to-date volunteer needs for the market!

Location:  8501 54th Avenue N, New Hope, MN
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: volunteer@thefoodgroupmn.org
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: 3 hours

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Please visit our site Spring 2020 for more details on this volunteer opportunity.

Spring is such an exciting time for our Produce Programs team – seedlings are sprouting, perennials begin to leaf out, and we start planning our farm partners for the season. Do you want to get involved this season? We have so many exciting volunteer opportunities for folks excited about farming, food waste, and food shelves. Read on to see how you can support all of our programs this year!

Ready to sign up? Head to Volunteer Hub, create an account, and select all of the programs you want to receive volunteer notifications about.

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: volunteer@thefoodgroupmn.org
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://fruitsofthecity.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=32ecbb5cf2e9bbc9524c91f79&id=2678a129be&e=4a6b09d5fd
Time Commitment: Varies

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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: volunteer@thefoodgroupmn.org
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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GROWING

  • The Food Group Farm is located on the front lawn of our property in New Hope, MN. With the help of volunteers, we grow and harvest thousands of pounds of pesticide-free fresh produce each season to be donated to food shelf partners.

GLEANING

  • Fruits of The City works with backyard fruit tree owners and local orchards to glean excess fruit, such as apples and pears, and share the fresh produce with partner food shelves. Many volunteers are needed each autumn to help with the harvest.
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue gives vendors a chance to donate excess fresh produce at the end of the market. Volunteers collect and package the donations, and we deliver it to partner food shelves.
  • Farm Gleaning helps local farmers find a home for their surplus produce. Teams of volunteers visit the farm to harvest and package fresh vegetables to bring back for distribution to food shelves.

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: volunteer@thefoodgroupmn.org
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: varies

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Planning a group activity? We can accommodate groups from 10 to 50 people. Our warehouse is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and we do have some availability for evening and Saturday shifts upon request. For Saturday groups we do have a minimum requirement of 15 people.  Please be aware that:

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): Monday – Friday
Time(s): 9-5PM
Contact:volunteer@thefoodgroupmn.org
Website: https://thefoodgroupmn.org/warehouse-2/
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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We dedicate select Tuesdays 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 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
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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Mobile Packs are unique volunteer events hosted and funded by your business, place of worship, school or other community group in order to put together packs for Minnesotans in need.

These packs will be distributed to our food shelf partners and will provide much needed food or household items for hard-working families who struggle to afford life’s basic necessities.

Types of Mobile Pack events include:

-Hygiene Pack
-Household Pack
-Snack Pack
-Soup Pack

General Requirements:

  • Funding: this includes cost of product, plus delivery/driver costs < Consider fundraising options to cover the cost.
  • 1,000 kit minimum.
  • Space for event to take place.
  • Located within 1 hour drive from The food Group warehouse.

Please see our website for more information.

Location: Your own location
Ages: Any age
Date(s): On-going and flexible dates
Time(s): Flexible times
Contact: Paul Freer, pfreer@thefoodgroupmn.org, 763-450-3874
Website: https://thefoodgroupmn.org/mobile-pack-2/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Coordinate a volunteer event that’s rewarding to you and meaningful to your organization. Here are some examples of how groups support our mission:

  • Volunteer as a group in our food shelf assisting our families, restocking our shelves and bagging groceries. Age 14 or older. Weekday mornings and afternoon shifts available.
  • Volunteer as a group in our store, Resale Select, receiving and sorting donations. The store is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Community Dinner: Prepare and serve a meal to Neighborhood Program residents. Sponsor is responsible for setup and cleanup.
  • Help sort through donated school supplies and pack up grade-specific bags of supplies for our youth. Shifts available in August. Middle school, high school and adults welcome.
  • Volunteer at the annual school supply distribution and resource fair! Adults welcome.
  • Volunteer at our Holiday Gift Program registration to help families check in, sign up and record their family’s gift ideas for the sponsorship program. October. Adults welcome.
  • Help load in donations of holiday gifts, check to make sure all family’s gifts have arrived and get gifts organized in preparation for our gift distribution.
  • Holiday Gift Distribution: help individuals pick up their family’s holiday gifts from Interfaith Outreach.
  • Assist with preparation for one of our fundraisers like the Plant Sale (May) or Furniture Sale (June).

And check out this list of things you can do on your own to support our work.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact:  Liz Erstad-Hicks (763-489-7506 or lerstad-hicks@iocp.org
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Here you will find information about applying to be a volunteer. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or something ongoing, read on to learn how you can sign up and do the most good in your community. 
https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer

Holiday Opportunities:
Bell Ringing
Coat Distribution
Spread the Warmth!
Toy Shop Registration – Administrative Support
Holiday Meals
Christmas Toy Shop Distribution
Christmas Decorators

Group Opportunities: Complete a Volunteer Application
Donation Sorting
Landscaping/Gardening/Lawn Care
Office Cleaning/Organizing
Painting
Special Programming/Entertainment
Food Distributions

Individual Opportunities:
Basic Needs / Housing Programs
-Food Shelf Shopper — Locations across the metro
-Kitchen Cleaner/Organizer — Brooklyn Park
-Security Assistant — Minneapolis

Working with Youth
-Character-Building Class Leader — Locations across the metro
-After-School Program Leader — Minneapolis and St. Paul

Disaster Relief
-Disaster Relief Worker — Locations across the metro
Salvation Army Stores
-Store Volunteer — Locations across the metro

Professional / Technical Skills
-Computer Lab Supervisor — Minneapolis
-Housekeeping/Laundry Assistant — Minneapolis
-Driver — Locations across the metro
-Facility Maintenance Assistant — Locations across the metro
-Administrative Support — Roseville
-Wednesday Evening Receptionist — NE Minneapolis
-Share Your Skills — Locations across the metro

Project-Based
-Landscape/Gardening/Lawn Care — Locations across the metro
-Office Cleaning/Organizing — Locations across the metro

Location: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3426
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies

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MATTER is a global non-profit focused on providing people with healthier lives. The MATTERbox concept is simple: provide a box of healthy, shelf-stable meals and nutrition education to help people take their first steps towards a healthier life.

Individual and corporate groups of volunteers participate in the MATTERbox Challenge to pack healthy meals and prepare each MATTERbox for distribution. MATTER provides the food. Check out the MATTERbox DIY option!

Location: 7005 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Ages: All ages – is up to who is packing the food
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Ongoing
Contact: tyler@matter.ngo
Website: https://www.matter.ngo/matterboxdiy/
Time Commitment: Varies

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