Volunteer Opportunities with Gleaners Learn more about adult and youth volunteer opportunities and sign up for a shift below!

Areas of Critical Need

(In-Person and Remote are shifts available.)

Taylor Warehouse Support

Gleaners distribution centers process a tremendous volume of donated and purchased food to serve our neighbors in need. Volunteer tasks include sorting and packing food  and more. Up to 30 volunteers needed per shift.

Our South Warehouse is located at 21405 Trolley Industrial Drive, Taylor, MI 48180

Mercado Food Pantry

The Mercado Food Hub is a client-choice pantry serving residents of Southwest Detroit. Volunteer activities include loading shopping carts indoors and loading food into vehicles outdoors. Volunteers must be 14 years or older.

There is an urgent need for Spanish-speaking intake specialists. If interested, please contact Julie Ptasznik at jptasznik@gcfb.org.

Link2Feed Data Entry

Join our team of trained volunteers assisting with data entry in Link2Feed (L2F).

L2F is cloud-based service insights software that helps the Southeast Michigan emergency food network better serve our neighbors as well as understand who is not yet being reached.  Volunteers must be age 16 or older. A background check is required.

What do volunteers do?

Gleaners relies on volunteers to help feed children, families, seniors, veterans, and other vulnerable neighbors across Southeast Michigan. Volunteers at our warehouses and distribution centers sort and pack food, from fresh fruit to frozen vegetables to canned goods and more. Other times, volunteers help operate mobile grocery sites, tend community gardens, enter data, distribute food at pantries, and more.

Volunteering with Gleaners is a rewarding experience that makes a big difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors. We are so grateful for the time, energy, dedication, and support of our volunteers!

We currently have volunteer shifts open for individuals, organizations, corporate groups, and more. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities click the button below or see below for more details!

Individuals and Groups

Distribution Centers

Gleaners’ distribution centers process a tremendous volume of donated and purchased food to serve our neighbors in need. Volunteer tasks include sorting food items, packing food boxes, and more. Up to 30 volunteers needed per shift. 


Cooking Matters™

Culinary and nutrition professionals volunteer to share their expertise with the participants, and class assistants support the instruction and the participants' engagement. This opportunity is for individuals.

Individuals and Small Groups

Food Pantries

Both brick-and-mortar and mobile food pantries serve individuals and families in need of food assistance. Volunteer activities include helping clients check in, loading food into vehicles, stocking pantry shelves, and more. Up to 12 volunteers needed per shift.

Individuals and Small Groups

Livingston Victory Garden

This cornerstone garden in Livingston County donates food directly to pantries. Volunteer tasks include forming beds, composting, seeding, mulching, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting. 



Volunteers are needed to assist with client intake during launches, teach basic computer skills, provide technical recommendations, and help manage implementation. This opportunity is for individuals. 

Individuals and Small Groups

Special Events

Special events volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles including event setup and teardown, event check-in, cashiering, information distribution, food and money donation collection, and much more. The number of volunteers needed per shift varies by event.


Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau volunteers help increase awareness of Gleaners’ role in feeding hungry people in our community. Volunteers speak to groups about Gleaners activities or host information tables at volunteer or community fairs. This opportunity is for individuals.

Courtroom V2

Court Ordered Community Service

No court-ordered community service is being offered during the pandemic.