Celebrating Our Incredible Food Bank Volunteers

April 09, 2024  |  by Aaliyah Cardenas   |  

April is Global Volunteer Month, a time for us to celebrate the Food Bank volunteers who devote their time and energy to our mission of empowering every New Yorker to achieve food security for good. Each volunteer has played an indispensable role in serving our neighbors and building a stronger, healthier community for all of us.  

Our Food Bank volunteers are amazing! Click here to join our volunteer community.

231214_FBNYC_69 (1)A member of our Food Bank Junior Board greets a client at our Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in Harlem. 

Reflecting on a Year of Volunteerism 

Over the past year, our volunteers have embarked on inspiring journeys, fearlessly taking on the challenges our community faces. The impact of their commitment can be felt across every borough of our amazing city. 

230809_S_S_OzonePark_102A Food Bank volunteer greets New Yorkers at a Mobile Pantry distribution.

Whether it was packing boxes of nutritious meals for seniors at our Warehouse, distributing groceries to Harlemites from our Community Kitchen & Food Pantry, or packing personal hygiene kits at home, our volunteers have made a difference in the lives of food insecure New Yorkers. Because of their dedication, families have found hope in times of hardship, and individuals have felt the warmth of a caring community around them. 

230621_MorganStanley_56Food Bank volunteers packing food at our Warehouse & Distribution Center in the Bronx. 

We’re excited to share the extraordinary milestones we have hit together: 

Since February 2023, 7,662 volunteers have served 23,502 hours, translating to $742,663 in value to Food Bank's mission 

  • On March 25, we re-engaged volunteers in our Senior Lunch Service and Community Meal programs for the first time since March 2020.  
  • From Food Bank’s Community Pantry, volunteers helped serve 38,957 households.
  • Volunteers at Food Bank’s Warehouse & Distribution Center packed 953,056 pounds of food, converting to 779,595 meals. 
  • Additionally, Food Bank’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers have processed more than 3,000 tax returns, helping to put over $5,720,000 in tax refunds back into the pockets of New Yorkers already this year. 

230621_MorganStanley_83Food Bank volunteers celebrate the end of a packing shift at our Warehouse & Distribution Center in the Bronx.

The Power of Volunteering and Encouragement for the Future

Volunteering is the heart of our organization, and its power to bring about transformative change is undeniable. We invite each member of our Food Bank community to consider the profound impact they can make by joining us on this incredible journey. 

If you're ready to join us in empowering our neighbors to achieve food security for good, click here. There, you’ll learn more about our various volunteering opportunities and how YOU can become part of our volunteer family.

230304_JusticeServed_209  A smiling volunteer at our Warehouse & Distribution Center in the Bronx.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for your service, determination, and compassion. Together, we are transforming lives and making progress on a more hopeful, dignified, and equitable future for ALL New Yorkers.  

We are so thankful to volunteers  who help power our mission every day. Click here to join us on the ground as a Food Bank volunteer

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