Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Volunteer Hours are 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Park in the front parking lot.
For their safety, absolutely NO children under 12 years of age are permitted in food handling areas. Children between the ages of 12-16 years of age are permitted to volunteer only if they are accompanied by an adult guardian.
All individuals working in the warehouse must be age 12 or older. Youth ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by adult guardians in a ratio of 1 adult for every 4 youth. Young adults aged 16 and older should have an adult with them if in a group of 5 or more. Groups and individuals assigned to Quality Assurance will work on one or more of these tasks, depending on current need:
Sort non-perishable food items. This includes checking food safety of items that have been donated through a food drive, from a grocer, or through a food distributor. Volunteers will be checking for secure packages, food quality dates, and sorting with like items (all the beans in one bin, all the macaroni products to another bin, etc.).
Pack non-perishable food for our Mobile Pantry program or for emergency food relief. This is an assembly-line process where we pack bags or boxes of food.
Prepare youth-friendly food bags for our Backpack program. In this program we pack bags of kid-friendly food that is distributed every other week to elementary school children.
Repack bulk food. This crew of volunteers will be repacking perishable food (frozen peas, fresh potatoes, bags of onions, for example) from large packages (could be 1,500 pound bins or just 50 pound bags) into more family- and individual-sized packages.
Sanitation & cleanliness. It is necessary to maintain a clean and sometimes sterile environment to ensure food safety and quality. Quality Assurance volunteers may be asked to sweep, dust, mop or perform other light cleaning task as needed to ensure food warehouse standards.
There may be another Quality Assurance task on the list of tasks on the day your volunteer, but these are the 5 primary tasks performed by volunteers in Quality Assurance.