Volunteer — How You Can Help

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volunteersVolunteers are vital to the effective operation of the Urbandale Food Pantry. The following tasks are filled by volunteers:

  • Greeting clients
  • Being a "shopping" partner with clients
  • Re-stocking shelves
  • Picking up orders from DMARC, Iowa Food Bank, Panera Bread, Wal-Mart and other donors
  • Collecting food or money for holiday meals
  • Doing general office work
  • Serving on one of our standing committees

If you would like to be part of this vital service in our community, print this Volunteer Application, fill it out, and return it to the Urbandale Food Pantry. Please note: You must have an email address in order to be a volunteer! Communicating with over 100 volunteers requires the use of email. Thank you!

All volunteers must read the Volunteer Policies and the Civil Rights Training powerpoint before the first day you volunteer.


Teen Volunteering

Because we are a choice pantry with increased interaction with clients, children under the age of 14 are not allowed to volunteer at the Urbandale Food Pantry during the hours of operation without a parent/guardian present. Parents will need to complete a volunteer application and pass a background check before they can be scheduled to volunteer.

If an elementary/middle school aged child would like to volunteer, there are opportunities available to stock shelves or clean the pantry when we are closed. If you know of any students interested in this opportunity, they can call the UFP at 515-251-6688.

If you know of a high school student who needs volunteer hours, they must sign up in advance. Click on Teen Volunteers button on this page to sign up for a shift. Shifts are available in the afternoon and evening Monday through Thursday (check sign-up for specific dates and times), and on Saturday morning. Teenagers must be 14+ or in high school to volunteer during these shifts.


Gardening at Home or with Urban Harvest

If you have your own vegetable garden in the growing season, consider planting a little extra and donating the surplus fruits and vegetables to the Food Pantry. When you harvest your abundance, "Please Pass the Veggies" to your neighbors in need.

If you enjoy gardening but don't have the space or time to tend your own garden, consider helping the folks at Urban Harvest. Urban Harvest, located at 7605 Aurora in Urbandale (behind Urban Heights Covenant Church), is a community garden in Urbandale, Iowa, committed to providing fresh produce for the local food pantry. For more information contact Urban Harvest at office@uhecc.org or 515-278-1371.


Volunteer Application

Join us! Print and fill out this Volunteer Application and return it to the UFP!

Teen Volunteers