Without the dedication and tireless enthusiasm of our volunteers, New York Common Pantry could not provide its services. Volunteers are an integral part of our organization, and their contributions are invaluable and much appreciated.
We have many opportunities in our pantry and hot meal programs for volunteers (groups or individuals) 14 years old or older. Below is our schedule which includes the total number of volunteers we need for each program. If you want to bring a smaller group than the requested number, we will recruit additional individuals/ groups to join you.
The best way to coordinate an event is reading through the schedule, contacting our Development Associate for Volunteer Services, Jen Winter a preferred activity and a range of dates/ number of people interested. From there, she will let you know which dates are available on the Common Pantry’s end and also answer any questions you may have. While individuals must submit a Volunteer Application From (scroll down), groups do not.
Thanks for wanting to make a difference in NYC! If you’d like to learn more about us, feel free to schedule a time to visit and tour our program or invite a Common Pantry staff member to present to your group off-site.Pantry schedule: In the pantry, we pack and distribute nutritious and free groceries to low-income families.
Tuesday: Volunteers help with delivery intake and pre-pack produce from 9-1 (up to 15 volunteers)
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Volunteers help pack and distribute groceries on-site from 9:00am-3:00pm OR volunteers come in smaller shifts of 9-noon OR 11:30-3:00 (up to 20 volunteers)
We have dinners Mondays, Weds and Fridays from 4-6:30 (up to 10 volunteers)
We have breakfasts Mondays-Fridays from 7:45-9:00 (up to 4 volunteers)
We are in the process of developing more opportunities for younger volunteers. Small groups of younger volunteers (so far we’ve worked with Kindergarten and up) may come and hear introductions to the Common Pantry and/or pack produce for our pantry program. We generally have groups of up to 15 come for 30-35 minutes. This activity is available on Mondays.
We also encourage companies, organizations, classrooms and/ or families to host or participate in our monthly food drives or to collect more generally while keeping in mind our nutrition initiatives.