Weekly volunteer shifts are open now in our Food Pantry and Thrift Shop!
All volunteers must be able to commit to one 3-hour volunteer shift per week and be 16 years of age or older.
Food Pantry Volunteering
If you can commit to a weekly shift in our food pantry, please fill out this questionnaire. PLEASE NOTE: This form is to collect info only. If you are selected to fill one of our shifts, we will reach out to you.
One of Greater Boston’s largest food pantries, Interfaith Social Services’ Pantry Shelf has been providing emergency food to families and individuals since 1975. Last year volunteers distributed more than 800,000 pounds of food to hungry families.
Food Pantry job descriptions and responsibilities:
Morning Pantry shift (9:15am – 12:30pm):
A crew of 9 pantry volunteers are tasked with checking in clients outside while clients stay in their cars, bagging groceries and bringing groceries out to clients’ cars.
Afternoon Pantry inventory shift (noon-3pm):
A crew of 4-5 inventory volunteers are tasked with unloading our food pick-up truck, re-stocking pantry shelves, fridges and freezers and maintaining general cleanliness of pantry. Heavy lifting is required.
Thrift Shop Volunteering
If you can commit to a weekly shift in our shop, please fill out this questionnaire. PLEASE NOTE: This form is to collect info only. If you are selected to fill one of our shifts, we will reach out to you.
Our Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop is an important fundraising source for Interfaith. It is our second largest fundraiser, typically bringing in more than $100,000 per year to support our food pantry, mental health counseling center and homelessness prevention program.
Thrift Shop job descriptions and responsibilities:
Morning Shop inventory shift (10am – noon):
A crew of 3 volunteers will organize the shop, moving inventory from the sorting room to be put on the racks and shelves in order to get the shop ready for opening at 12:30. This crew will also be accepting incoming shop donations and helping to sort and organize as needed. Heavy lifting is required.
Afternoon Shop shift (12:15pm – 3:30pm):
A crew of 3 volunteers will staff the shop. One volunteer will be assigned to standing at the front entrance greeting customers and ensure that there are only 5 shoppers at a time in the store (these are the current COVID19 safety guidelines). One volunteer will assume the role of cashier, processing sale transactions with our customers. One volunteer will oversee the checkout line, be back-up to the cashier and help with accepting and sorting donations as needed.