**ALERT: Gleaners has updated its volunteer program in response to the pandemic. All open volunteer shifts are posted at www.gcfb.volunteerhub.com. Currently the following programs are accepting volunteers: My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery, Livingston Warehouse, Livingston Garden, Special Events, and FREC 2 Mobile Pantry.
Court Ordered Community Service
No court-ordered community service is being offered during the pandemic.
My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery
My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery (MNMG) is a weekly pop-up market that provides veterans and senior citizens who have low access to affordable, healthy, foods with an innovative shopping option within their communities. Volunteers are needed to greet and assist shoppers, assemble orders on the truck, check and bag orders for customers, and assist with market setup and teardown. Up to 5 volunteers needed per shift.
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 8 volunteers needed per shift.
Livingston Distribution Center
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, picking orders for shipments, preparing supplies for food drives and more. Up to 10 volunteers needed per shift.
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. Up to 5 volunteers needed per shift.
Link2Feed is cloud-based service insights software. Gleaners is helping to launch its use at hundreds of partner agencies. The data gathered will help the southeast Michigan emergency food network better serve current clients as well as understand who is not being reached. 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.
This six-week, cooking-based nutrition education course helps individuals and families at risk of hunger learn to prepare nutritious foods in healthy, safe, and delicious ways. 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.
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 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.