Volunteer FAQ

Your time is important to us! Volunteers help make the Northern Neck Food Bank one of the most efficient hunger-relief organizations in the state. Thanks to the help of more than 1,700 volunteers – who provide hundreds of hours of service each year – the Northern Neck Food Bank is able to feed more than 6,300 children, seniors and working families per month who seek food assistance at our partnering pantries.  Whether you’re interested in repacking food, helping with office projects or assisting on a special event, there is something for you or your group. The surest way to end hunger is to get involved. Thank you for considering sharing your time. Below are answers to questions you may have as you get started.

Q. Who may volunteer?
A. Volunteering is perfect for individuals, families, and groups. We invite those involved with their church, business, service club, school, day care and neighborhood to join us in meeting the hunger needs of our neighbors. Children of all ages are welcome. Adult supervision is required for volunteers under the age of 18. If you or your group would like to host a food and fund drive in conjunction with your volunteer service we have information on how to start!

Q. How many people can I bring?
A. The Volunteer Services department schedules volunteers based on the priority needs of the program as well as number of people necessary to complete the intended project. The Northern Neck Food Bank can accommodate a maximum of 25 people in our repack center – but groups of ten to fifteen are ideal. It will be very helpful to know the number of people in your group and the date(s) and times you want to volunteer when contacting us to schedule your volunteer experience.

Q. May students conduct a field trip to tour and volunteer at the Food Bank?
A. Absolutely! Students in all grades are welcome. Volunteerism teaches civic duty and respect while developing leadership skills.

Q. What types of volunteer opportunities are available?
A. We have a variety of opportunities at the Northern Neck Food Bank from repacking food, to assisting with clerical duties, to helping with a special event. There is project that will accommodate everyone’s time available and ability. Check out our volunteer opportunities.

Q. What do you mean by ‘Repack’?
A. Repack duties are the most common volunteer opportunity at the Northern Neck Food Bank. The majority of the food that the Food Bank receives needs something to be done with it: repacking bulk product to individual/family size, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates, labeling product, etc. All repack duties take place in the warehouse.

Q. When may I volunteer?
A. Hunger is a year round issue. Volunteer experiences are available:
Monday – 9am to 12pm, October to May, Sorting produce
1pm to 4pm, June to September, Sorting produce
Wednesday – Sorting non-perishable, 9am – 12 pm
Friday – Sorting non-perishable, 9am – 12 pm
Saturday – Gleaning, 9am – 12pm, There is travel to a farm.
Sunday – Closed
Please contact Kathy Bergeron at (804) 577-0246 or admin@nnfb.org, to schedule a date and time that works best for you.

Q. How do I get there?
A. Visit the Northern Neck Food Bank, 5116 Richmond Rd, Warsaw, VA 22572 or visit our website Northern Neck Food Bank (nnfb@nnfb.org).

Q. What should I wear?
A. Volunteers are asked to represent a professional image. We suggest jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Q. Is there a place to lock up my personal belongings?
A. No, we encourage you to leave all purses, bags and backpacks in your vehicle, or plan to keep them with you at all times while volunteering.

Q. Do we need to bring anything to our volunteer session?
A. In addition to a positive attitude and a water bottle, volunteers are welcome to bring a nonperishable food item. Priority items include: soup, stew, tuna, canned fruit, pasta/sauce and peanut butter. You and/or your group will also be required to complete the following Volunteer Information Form. Feel free to print, review and bring with you to your volunteer experience.

Q. Do we have to attend a training session prior to volunteering?
A. Volunteers will be given a brief tour of the Northern Neck Food Bank facility, short orientation, and instructions for the project you will be working on prior to your session.

Q. Will we be required to lift heavy objects?
A. Many volunteer opportunities do not require heavy lifting. Repack volunteers should be prepared to stand with some light lifting and bending, depending on the project. Some experiences include lifting pre-packed food boxes that weigh between 35-40 pounds.

Q. Is there parking available?
A. Yes, the Northern Neck Food Bank has a parking lot that can accommodate your group’s transportation needs, including buses.