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Volunteer at Gleaners

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Gleaners offers multiple ways for individuals AND groups to make a difference in the central and southeastern Indiana community.  Volunteering is great for team-building exercises, youth groups and all kinds of clubs.

Check out the ways you or your group can help below. Then contact Sheila Carlson to sign up or get more information.

  • E-mail: scarlson@gleaners.org
  • Phone: (317) 829-1769

Individual Orientation

(Group Orientation will be held on the day of service and does not need to be scheduled at an Individual Orientation time.)

As an individual interested in volunteering, you must attend an Individual Volunteer Orientation at Gleaners Food Bank prior to volunteering.  These orientation sessions will last no longer than 1 hour.

NOTE: You must be at least 9 years of age in order to volunteer.

The following days/times are available for orientation:

  • Every Monday at 10:30am
  • Every Thursday at 2:30pm
  • Saturdays - Available by Appointment

To register for the orientation, please call 317-925-0191 x156 for Jessica Shive or email her at jshive@gleaners.org.

Current opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Gleaners'
SNAP Application Assistance Program

Data suggests that approximately 27% of Marion County residents who are eligible for SNAP do not currently receive benefits. A variety of factors prohibit program participation, including lengthy, confusing applications, lack of awareness, and misconceptions regarding eligibility requirements. Gleaners is looking for 20 volunteers who are able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week or 10 hours per month over 6 months. Click to learn more.

Other opportunities

The Food Bank is open for Volunteer Shifts daily, Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., one evening during the week from 5-8pm and some Saturdays.

Daily (individuals and groups):

You will be assigned to one of the following duties based on need:

Production: Inspecting, separating, repackaging, weighing and labeling food items. They are then sorted, repackaged and placed in boxes or totes and distributed to our over 450 agencies. Fresh Room: Putting together fresh foods for member agencies. Meat Packing: Sorting frozen meat, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, veal and lamb into 40# boxes. Kroger Reclamation: Scanning items (like at the store) and sorting according to the computer response, inspecting and then boxing the items. Clerical: Filing, data entry, mailings and shredding of paper.

Gleaners Community Cupboard - Food Pantry: Stocking & restocking items in the food pantry, greeting clients, and carrying boxes of food to vehicles. Volunteers needed: 3-4 individuals.
Tuesdays (8am – 1:30pm), Wednesdays (10:30am – 4:30pm), Thursdays (1:30pm – 7:30pm) and Saturdays (9:30am – 3:30pm)

To ask about individual opportunities or volunteering in the pantry, please call 317-925-0191 x156 for Jessica Shive or email her at jshive@gleaners.org.

The warehouse will be closed from September 21st - 30th due to inventory.  However, the Gleaners Community Cupboard will still be open and in need of volunteers during those dates.

Pre-Scheduled (groups):

Backsacks: There are grocery bags on an assembly line and items of food are placed in each bag until complete. Each bag contains 10-15 items of food, depending upon the menu for that week. The need is 10,000 bags a week. Learn how BackSacks help children in need by clicking here.
Volunteers needed: Minimum of 25 volunteers. Minimum of 2 hours.

CSFP: Commodities Supplemental Food Program (senior boxes): A box is placed on the conveyor belt, as the box goes down the line, items are placed in the box. By the time it gets to the end of the line it has all the items in the box. The boxes are then inspected, taped, labeled, wrapped and placed on pallets. Learn how CSFP boxes help fight senior hunger by clicking here.
Volunteers needed: Minimum of 25 volunteers. Minimum of 2 hours. 

To ask more about Group Volunteer opportunities, please call 317-829-1769 for Sheila Carlson or email her at scarlson@gleaners.org.

Volunteers are essential to Gleaners Food Bank.

From our warehouse to our special events, a person’s time and effort are gifts that make a measurable impact on what we do—and on the folks we serve.

We welcome your contribution!
If you would like to share your experience with us please fill out our Volunteer Voice! form. 

Coming In Soon?

Get a head start and download our Volunteer Release Form and look over our Volunteer Guidelines!