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Lend a Hand

Interested in helping out?

Whether you would like to volunteer at Arnie’s Cupboard, or sponsor a food drive or fundraiser, please contact us at: 508-999-8872 or foodpantry@umassd.edu.


Volunteer Application

Please complete the following application. Note: all volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training, even if you have volunteered in a pantry before. You will be notified of the next training session by email.

Application Link: Please click here to complete the application.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Arnie's Cupboard!


Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Support the mission of the cupboard.
  • Attend a volunteer training.
  • Be familiar with all pantry policies and procedures.
  • Be aware of other resources and organizations available for cupboard users.
  • Be punctual, dependable, and reliable.
  • Follow basic food safety guidelines.
  • Protect the confidentiality of cupboard users.
  • Be reasonably accessible through phone calls and emails.
  • Give the coordinator or designee at least 24 hours notice if you can’t make your shift.

Interacting with Pantry Users

  • Greet users with a friendly and welcoming attitude.
  • Ask users to fill out an intake form if not completed online.
  • Relate with users in a positive manner.
  • Show genuine concern for all users of the cupboard.
  • Listen, be polite, and serve in a professional manner, no matter the circumstance. • Report all concerns or problems to a supervisor immediately.

Distributing Food

  • Help direct users to specific foods upon request.
  • Pack users’ food in grocery bags.
  • Weigh and log the amount of food taken by each user.

Inventory and Maintenance

  • Track, weigh, and shelve all donated food items.
  • Shelve food items, toiletries, and supplies where they belong in the pantry.
  • Sort through food items, evaluate their fitness, and discard expired food weekly.

Cleaning

  • Disinfect and wipe down surfaces that are exposed to food.
  • Sweep floors.
  • Restock hand sanitizer, soap and paper towel dispensers.(if necessary)
  • Empty trash bins as needed.

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