To serve 1,800+ clients, 90 volunteers give more than 180 hours at our pantry each week.
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers. Volunteers MUST BE 13 years or older to be eligible for any of our positions. Below is a list of shifts at the Newton Food Pantry. Please email the Volunteer Coordinator using our contact form to confirm shift availability, as some shifts may be full. Masks are required for all inside shifts.
Monday Morning Volunteer (75-minute shift): Volunteers work with a small team to unload 7,000 pounds of food from our truck. Heavy lifting is required in this role.
Hours: 7:30–8:45am OR 11:15–12:30pm
Tuesday Pre-Bagging Volunteer (120-minute shift): Volunteers bag nonperishable food and personal care products inside the Newton Food Pantry.
Wednesday Morning Volunteer/Driver: Drivers pick up bags at the Newton Food Pantry and drive to Newton housing facilities to make contactless deliveries.Volunteers must have their own car and be able to lift 30-pound bags. Hours: 10:00–11:00am
Wednesday Morning Setup (120-minute shifts): Volunteers help inside the Newton Food Pantry with set up and bagging for bulk delivery pickups. Hours: 8:00am–12:00pm
Wednesday Afternoon Volunteer (120-minute shifts): Volunteers help clients with their bimonthly shopping inside the Newton Food Pantry. Tasks include greeting clients, managing flow in the waiting areas and in the pantry, assisting clients with bagging their groceries, and loading groceries into cars once clients are finished shopping. Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and Portuguese speaking volunteers are an added bonus to our clients! Hours: 12:00–8:00pm
Saturday Kids’ Snack Bags Volunteer: The snack bags are filled by a small number of volunteers on a Saturday morning, once a month, working in two shifts inside the pantry. Hours: 9–10:30am and 10:45–12:15pm
Home Delivery (2 hours per month): Long-term bimonthly commitment to help deliver groceries to medically homebound clients. Hours: 10:00–10:45am
Daily Freedge Restocking: Want a fast and easy way to help your neighbors?your neighbors? Pick up bags from the pantry to restock the Newton Community freedge or prepare bags for freedge teams to pick up. Daily opportunities are available!
Morning and Afternoon hours vary
Interested in becoming a Newton Food Pantry volunteer? We need you! Email us using our contact form to sign up today.