Adult Opportunities

Gleaners relies on volunteers to sort and pack hundreds of thousands of pounds of food from fresh fruit to frozen vegetables to canned goods and more. Volunteers also directly serve seniors, veterans, children and others thru our mobile groceries, pantries, and healthy food home deliveries. Your generous donation of time and energy is vitally important.

Link2Feed Volunteer


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.

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Individuals and Small Groups

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 10 volunteers needed per shift.

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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 and packing food, picking orders for shipments, preparing supplies for food drives and more. Up to 70 volunteers needed per shift.

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Healthy Food Home Delivery

Partnering with healthcare providers, Gleaners seeks to better serve food-insecure patients by delivering bags of food directly to people at their homes. Volunteers ride in a van with a Gleaners staff member, call participants and carry food bags to the door. 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 14 volunteers needed per shift.

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Individuals and 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. Up to 15 volunteers needed per shift.

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Cooking Matters™

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.

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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.

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Food Loading Assistance

Many partner agency pantries and soup kitchens pickup their food at Gleaners. Volunteers greet partners and help to load food into their vehicles. This opportunity is for individuals.

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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.

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Court Ordered Community Service

All Court Ordered Community Service Volunteers Must Register Here

Volunteers requiring documentation of hours in order to complete court-ordered community service must meet special requirements, and must have their service pre-approved before signing up for a volunteer shift.