April 17, 2020
For all available openings for baggings and distribution shifts, please view our online calendar. If you don't have an active account, please fill out a volunteer profile form. Due to the ongoing pandemic, AFAC has new rules for volunteers. Please follow our rules so we can keep AFAC healthy and safe.
Help package the food our clients receive (bag produce, dry goods, protein and dairy). Also, help distribute these bags as clients come to the center. We need volunteers during these time slots:
- Monday - Friday Morning helpers 9:15am-12pm
- Monday - Friday Afternoon helpers 12pm-2pm
- Saturday Mornings 8:30am-11:30am (adult only)
When possible, distribution will be held outside. Please dress accordingly! You can find these shifts on the online calendar!
Afternoon Bagging Volunteers
Weekday afternoons 2pm-4pm
Every afternoon from 2pm-4pm, we need warehouse volunteers to help go through our food donations and prepare for the next day. Bagging volunteers will help bag dry goods, bag produce, or clean the warehouse. This opportunity is for ages 14+ (or 12-13 with a parent).
Bagging groups are capped at 10 people. Look for these spots on the online calendar!
Saturday afternoons 12:30pm-2:30pm
There are limited spots for Saturday afternoon produce bagging. Volunteers will bag produce in preparation for distribution the following week. These spots fill up very quickly, so be sure to look at the online calendar a couple weeks in advance.
Bagging groups are capped at 10 volunteers. Look for open spots on the online calendar!
Early AM Volunteers
Like to wake up early and help out? AFAC has warehouse volunteer spots as early as 7:30-9am! Our early morning volunteers help go through food donations, make sure we are prepared for morning distribution, and help keep the warehouse clean. If you are interested, look for early morning shifts on the online calendar.
JK Community Farm
Looking for something to do OUTSIDE with the whole family (while still keeping your distance)? AFAC is partnered with the JK Community Farm located in Purcelville, VA.
JC Community Farm is hosting volunteers in groups of 10 or less to help them grow crops that are later donated to food pantries. You can find out more information about the farm and how to volunteer on their website.
AFAC is part of Arlington County's Complete Count Committee to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 Census. Help us get out the count! Learn more about Arlington's Census efforts here.
Get your workout while volunteering
Ride with our staff driver on weekday mornings or afternoons to deliver food to our off-site delivery points. You'll need to be over 18 years old and be able to lift 30+ pounds. Email email@example.com for specific times to help.
Share your love for volunteering and AFAC with others!
The volunteer department is always on the lookout for volunteers who want to help on another level. Lead groups after hours in produce bagging or dry goods bagging. Speak about AFAC at outreach fairs, to youth groups, etc. Training is provided. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in becoming a Volunteer Supervisor.
Create Your Own Food Drive
Not finding enough volunteer opportunities? Need something to do from home on your own schedule? Host a food drive! From our website, you can register your food drive, create customized flyers from our templates, and find some ideas to make yours a success. Consider asking your neighbors, swim club, camp, business or house of worship to join you. Our most-needed items are: canned tuna, low-sugar cereal, low-sodium soup, canned tomato products and plain pasta and rice.
We accept donated food Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4pm and Saturday from 8:30am-1pm. Questions? Please email email@example.com.
Little Free Library
Please donate any unwanted books and/or coloring books to our new Little Free Library! You can drop off donations with the Volunteer Department.