Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Gleaners Community Food Bank. We appreciate your support!  

Follow the links below to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, including how to sign-up:


Distribution Centers

Typical volunteer activities at our distribtution centers involve sorting and packing food.

Warehouse safety: Please wear closed-toed shoes!

If you would like to schedule a shift for 2013, please choose from the distribution centers below and follow the sign up link. 


Detroit Distribution Center

2131 Beaufait
Detroit, MI 48207
Map & directions »

Volunteer Hours:
Tues - Fri: 9am - 11:30am
Sat: 9am - 11:30am and 1 - 3:30pm
Groups up to 50 per shift
(No Saturday afternoon shifts June - August)

Sign up to volunteer at the Detroit Distribution Center »

Volunteer Contact: 
Karen Rogensues
detvol@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 239

Gleaners Livingston Distribution Center

5924 Sterling Drive
Howell, MI 48843
Map & directions »

Volunteer Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Looking for repeat weekly volunteers for 3 hour shifts
Tues & Wed: 6:30 - 8pm and Sat: 10am - 11:30am
Groups of 5-12

Sign up to volunteer at the Livingston Distribution Center »

Volunteer Contact:
Bridget Green
livvol@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 335

Gleaners Oakland Distribution Center

120 East Columbia Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48340
Map & directions »

Volunteer Hours:
Tues - Sat: 9 - 11:30am and 12:30-2:30 pm
Groups up to 40
(June - August, select Saturdays are closed) 

Sign up to volunteer at the Oakland Distribution Center »

Volunteer Contact:
Jenna Yuhase
oakvol@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 403

Gleaners Taylor Distribution Center

25678 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Map & directions »

Volunteer Hours:
Thursday: 9 - 11:30am
Sat: 9 - 11:30am & 1 - 3:30pm 
Groups up to 30
(June - August, select Saturdays are closed)

*Individual volunteer activities available at Fish & Loaves Pantry: 734-442-0031

Sign up to volunteer at the Taylor Distribution Center »

Volunteer Contact:
Karen Rogensues
tayvol@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 239

Gleaners Joan & Wayne Webber Distribution Center (Warren Distribution Center)

24162 Mound Road
Warren, MI 48091
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Volunteer Hours:
Friday: 9 - 11:30am
Saturday: 9 - 11:30am & 1 - 3:30pm
Groups up to 40
(June - August, select Saturdays are closed) 

Sign up to volunteer at the Warren Distribution Center »

Volunteer Contact:
Karen Rogensues
krogensues@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 239


Gleaners Greeters

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Gleaners Greeter Volunteers are needed on weekday mornings and afternoons in Detroit. The main purpose for having a Gleaners Greeter is to provide our partner agencies with friendly assistance. In addition to making people feel welcome, Greeters assist partner agencies with loading their orders. The position may require lifting up to 40 pounds as well as some light cleaning duties to keep the area neat.

Gleaners Greeters must be able to volunteer for at least one shift per week for a minimum of six weeks.

Sign up to volunteer as a Gleaners Greeter at the Detroit Distribution Center »


Kids Helping Kids

Kids learn about hunger and nutrition while helping their hungry peers through the Kids Helping Kids program. School and other children's groups are encouraged to sign-up!

Note: Saturdays generally fill a few months in advance.

Detroit Distribution Center

2131 Beaufait
Detroit, MI 48207
Map & directions »

KHK Volunteer Hours:
Tu, Wed, Fri: 9:00am - 11:30am & 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Sat: 9:00am - 11:30am & 1:00pm - 3:15pm 
Groups up to 25

Please contact us to schedule your group to volunteer for KHK Detroit »

*Individuals can join KHK during Family Day,
held every 3rd Saturday 
Please contact us to schedule your group to volunteer for KHK Family Day »

KHK Contact:
Reggie Williams
rwilliams@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 231

Gleaners Oakland Distribution Center

120 East Columbia Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48340
Map & directions »

Volunteer Hours:
Tues - Sat: 9:00am - 11:30am & 12:30pm - 2:30pm  
Groups up to 25

Sign up your group to volunteer for KHK Oakland »

KHK Contact:
Jenna Yuhase
oakkhk@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 403

Gleaners Joan & Wayne Webber Distribution Center (Warren Distribution Center)

24162 Mound Road
Warren, MI 48091
Map & directions »

Volunteer Hours:
Thursday: 9:30am - 11:30am & 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Groups up to 25 

Sign up your group to volunteer for KHK Warren »

KHK Contact:
Reggie Williams
rwilliams@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 231


Empty Bowls

A potter assists school age participants (ages 6 – 17) in making one clay bowl to take home and one to donate to the food bank to be used at an Empty Bowls fundraiser to help feed hungry neighbors. This fun filled day takes place at our Detroit Distribution Center. To participate in Empty Bowls, a $5 donation to cover the program costs for each participant, paid in advance is requested. 

Empty Bowls sessions are held every Saturday from 9am – 11:30am or 1pm - 3:30pm. Group Size should be 10 – 16, which includes one adult chaperone for every 10 children.

Contact Reggie Williams at rwilliams@gcfb.org or call 866-GLEANER, ext 231, to schedule a session.


Cooking Matters™

Cooking Matters logo 2011

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ is a groundbreaking nutrition-education program that connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that show adults, teens and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways. This knowledge can mean the difference between feeding families just for one night, and making sure they never again have to worry about when their next meal will come. 

If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Cooking Matters™ coordinator at 313-923-3535 ext 202 or rblauw@gcfb.org.

Learn more about Cooking Matters here »


Special Events/Speakers Bureau

To receive special events volunteer email alerts or for information on how you can become a member of Gleaners' speakers bureau:

Julie Ptasznik
eventvol@gcfb.org
866-GLEANER, ext. 245

Current Speakers Bureau members may download sample presentations, the Speakers Bureau manual and other items here.


Fresh Food Share

Several volunteer opportunities are available for the Fresh Food Share Program, a neighborhood produce delivery program that serves Detroit communities:

Volunteers are needed at our Detroit location to assist in packing boxes of fresh produce between 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. on one Thursday each month.

Volunteers are also needed to help with physical distribution of the produce boxes for several daytime hours one Friday per month, as well as to be available to answer questions about the program.

We also have a need for volunteers to be trained as experts and advocates for the Fresh Food Share program. Once trained, these volunteers would meet with Detroit Public Schools and other community sites to help increase awareness of the program by meeting with site coordinators, speaking at staff meetings, parent meetings, and helping to ensure posters are up and reminder flyers and emails are distributed.

A volunteer is also needed every Friday from 12 – 2 p.m. to help take orders for the program at Hannan House, a senior center in Detroit.

For information about volunteering for Fresh Food Share, contact FreshFoodShare@gcfb.org or visit the Fresh Food Share Program page.


Snap Outreach

Gleaners is looking for volunteers to disperse SNAP info at local farmers markets, Gleaners mobile pantry sites and other community locations. For more information, contact Winona at wbynum@gcfb.org or (313)923-3535, ext. 265. 


DTE Energy Farm

The DTE Energy Garden team is looking for volunteers to assist in helping with general garden maintenance during weekly "open house" volunteer days where no pre-registration is needed. To learn more, click here.

The team is also looking for volunteers to register to help with specific tasks at select locations. To learn more & register, click here.

For information about the DTE Energy Farm, contact Kate Long at (734) 545-2758 or at  dteenergyfarmproject@gcfb.org or visit the DTE Energy Farm page.


Partner Agency Volunteers

More than 550 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, disaster relief agencies and other nonprofit organizations rely on food from Gleaners to meet their clients’ needs.

Like Gleaners, these partner agencies need the help of volunteers to keep their operations running smoothly so that they can help feed our hungry neighbors.

Click here to view a listing of volunteer opportunities at our Partner Agencies.