Volunteer Policies & FAQs

Adult Volunteers: 

  • If you are looking to volunteer at the Food bank locations, we require that you submit a copy of a current police check prior to your first shift.
  • We can provide a letter to indicate that you are volunteering which will reduce the cost of the police check.
  • If you are interested in volunteer at events or with the board, please indicate so in the volunteer application below.


  • If you are a high school student looking to fulfill your volunteer requirement hours Fare Share is a great place to put in your time.
  • We will accept any high school student for a volunteer position such as tending to food collection, however to work within the food bank, distributing food to recipients, volunteers must be entering into grade 9.
  • Students can participate in fundraising events to also achieve their volunteer hours. Fill out the form below to indicate your preference.


  • Due to the sensitive nature of working at the Foodbank, we do not allow children/students under the age of 14 to volunteer at the Foodbank locations.
  • All volunteers participating independently of a parent or guardian under the age of 18, we require that in addition to the volunteer form, a written permission form signed by a parent or guardian be submitted prior to or on your first shift.
  • Children as young as 6 or 7 are welcome to volunteer at fundraising events, accompanied by a parent volunteer.

Volunteer Application Form


Will you require a letter stating the number of volunteer hours you have contributed?:

Please note: A police check is required of all Fare Share volunteers, the cost will be covered by the Food Bank. An acceptable form of personal I.D. must be provided. When registering, all volunteers must sign an agreement — including a confidentiality policy — for the protection of Fare Share donors and clients.


Do I have to schedule a time to come in and volunteer or can I just stop by when I have time?

All volunteers must be registered and scheduled in advance. No walk-ins are permitted. The Food Bank must conduct a police check on anyone over the age of 18 and we ask that you sign a confidentiality agreement. You can schedule daily, weekly or monthly volunteer shifts for yourself or your group by registering with the bank location of your choice.

What should I wear?

The dress code at Fare Share is casual and comfortable. Shoes must be close-toed, so sneakers, work shoes or boots are ideal. No heels, open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted in the food bank. The Food Bank can be cool, so dressing in layers are a good idea. Please leave jewelry and other valuables at home.

What if I have food allergies?

We are NOT a peanut-free environment. Know your allergies and medical history. Fare Share cannot be responsible for any existing medical conditions.

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