Volunteer Opportunities at the Urbandale Food Pantry


Help Fight Hunger in Polk County

Volunteers are the foundation of our organization. They keep the shelves stocked, walk alongside clients to find food, travel around Polk County picking up donations, and serve as the face of the Urbandale Food Pantry. Without their unwavering dedication to fighting hunger in our community, we could not serve thousands of our neighbors in need each month. Learn how you can get involved with the Pantry and alleviate hunger in the Des Moines metro.
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Get Involved: Volunteer at the Pantry

When you volunteer at the Urbandale Food Pantry, you do so much more than stock shelves and collect donations. Our coalition of over 100 volunteers work tirelessly to give back to hungry families in our community. We encourage anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity to volunteer at the Pantry for a shift and see how giving back can change not only the lives of others, but your own as well. All volunteers must have a current email address to correspond with leadership, read our Volunteer Policies, and complete a Civil Rights Training before their first day of volunteering.
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Volunteer Responsibilities at the Urbandale Food Pantry:


  • Greet clients

  • Help clients find food that will make healthy, hearty meals for their family

  • Restock and manage shelves

  • Travel around Polk County picking up orders from DMARC, Iowa Food Bank, Panera Bread, Wal-Mart, and other community donors

  • Collecting food or money for holiday meals

  • Performing general office work

  • Serving on one of our standing committees

Join Our Teenage Volunteer Program

We encourage teenage volunteers to begin their journey of civic engagement through the Urbandale Food Pantry. Teenagers 14 years and older who want to get involved or need volunteer hours can sign up for a shift without a guardian present. Teen volunteer hours are available Monday through Thursday in the afternoons and evenings and on Saturday mornings. If an elementary or middle-school aged child would like to volunteer, there are opportunities with a legal guardian present, when we are closed during normal business hours. If you know of any students interested in this opportunity, they can call the Pantry at 515-251-6688. No matter how you get involved, your work goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of people in our community.
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Grow to Give: Donate Homegrown Food

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, donate the extra to your neighbors in need at the Urbandale Food Pantry. If you enjoy gardening but don't have the space or time to tend your own garden, consider helping the folks at Urban Harvest, a community garden committed to providing fresh produce to the pantry.

For more information contact Urban Harvest at office@uhecc.org or 515-278-1371.

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