From time to time there is a need at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank for added assistance from volunteers.  Here you will find a description of the duties of the volunteer person.  The volunteer will work directly for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank Manager or the Assistant Manager.

The Food Bank Volunteer is a person who can provide assistance to people coming to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank during normal operating hours to obtain food for their household.   Duties of the volunteer include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Guide a person(s) through the food bank to obtain food for them and their family, based on family size. A guide sheet is provided for determining quantities of each item, based on the number of persons in the family.
  • Be friendly and courteous to those being served so they feel welcome and they and their situation are not judged.
  • Being bilingual is not required, though may be helpful in serving some of the persons using the Food Bank.

Other duties that could be performed by a Food Bank Volunteer could include: Stocking food shelves when time is available between assisting persons obtaining food boxes, and manually unloading large truck deliveries when they arrive.

In late Spring/early Summer there is a need for volunteers to prepare “Migrant Food Boxes” to be available to persons involved in the harvest of cherries in The Dalles and surrounding areas.  Guides are provided for preparing quantities of items for each box, also based on family size.  These boxes are given out separately from assisting persons through the Food Bank.  Other opportunities for assistance of a volunteer may include preparing food boxes at other times of the year (i.e., during Thanksgiving and Christmas).