Organization Description

Mission: The mission of Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.

Goals: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts seeks to provide motivated and engaged members of our community with meaningful volunteer opportunities, where volunteers really know that their work is important and their presence is needed. We understand volunteer opportunities as a reciprocal relationship: a great experience for you, and much needed work for us! For interns, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts seeks to provide meaningful internship opportunities to students with a passion for food justice. Your supportive, comprehensive, and creative work experiences will help the Food Bank in its mission to end hunger, while also providing you with an important work experience to inform your future career path and work-place selection.

Placement Description 

  • Internship: Help raise money for a large non-profit (We are seeking interns on a rolling basis for our development department)
  • Food Volunteer: Sort and organize food quickly to distribute to all four counties in Western Massachusetts and help sort food for distribution in our warehouse (weekdays 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm)
  • Nutrition Volunteer: Help our nutrition team put on cooking demonstrations, give grocery store tours, hand out foo samples, and answer questions about nutrition at Brown Bag and Mobile sites
  • Brown Bag Volunteer: Help our Brown Bag team by assembling grocery bags, lifting bags, and assisting projects (Brown Bag sites are in Northampton and Springfield)
  • Skills: 
    • For those volunteering in our warehouse: ability to lift up to 30lbs
    • A passion for food justice 
    • Well-organized, cooperative, and motivated 
  • Training: Training is provided and varies by position

Time Commitment


How to Get Involved

To become a food volunteer, sign up at To become an intern, contact Alex Santiago at You can also view all upcoming volunteering opportunities at

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