Opportunity Details

Hunger & Homelessness

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Delivery Assistant (age 18+) Referral

Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP) meets the urgent food needs of our Portland metro area neighbors. Unlike many other food pantries in the region, we do not have geographic boundaries. This allows us to serve everyone across the tri-county region of northwest Oregon, to southwest Washington, as well as those experiencing houselessness. In addition to meeting the urgent needs of these neighbors, NEFP also works to develop community solutions to secure access to adequate, affordable and healthy food. We ground our work in the belief that nutritious food is a basic, human need and a building block for a healthy life of possibility.

Delivery Assistants keep the food flowing in and out of the pantry. These volunteers are responsible for getting food deliveries to the right places and keeping the pantry stocked and organized. Some deliveries are larger than others, so the day-to-day varies. For example, one day might bring a large pallet of oranges and the Delivery Assistant could be asked to help portion these oranges after the truck is unloaded. On another day, a large delivery of food could come in that requires more space than the pantry basement has. The Delivery Assistant may be asked to transport food from the basement to the upstairs line to make space for the delivery.

Time commitment:

- Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday mornings
- Generally between 9:30am and 12:30pm (likely earlier, depending on the size of delivery)


-Ability to bend, twist, and lift up to 50lbs repetitively
-Attire: Close-toed and heeled shoes, face covering, gloves
-Knowledge of manual pallet jacks a plus!

Example of Tasks:

-Transport food from the truck to pantry using carts or pallet jacks
-Rotate food so older food is in front and can be used first
-Stocking, loading, and consolidating pallets with food
-Breaking down boxes and other clean-as-you-go duties
-Other pantry duties such as box building, produce bagging, donation sorting, etc.

Covid-19 has led to an exponential increase in the number of people seeking food assistance from NEFP. In 2019, we served 42,411 people. In 2020, we served over 500,000 people. To sustain these numbers and continue to fight hunger in our community, NEFP relies on the support of our wonderful volunteer team. We are always looking for passionate individuals to join our team and fill one of many roles available during the day and evening shifts, Tuesday-Saturday!

Volunteers must wear close-toed, close-healed shoes. Layers and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended due to working both indoors and outdoors. We also recommend bringing a box-cutter/pocket knife and work gloves. All PPE (masks, gloves, steel-toe shoe covers, reflective vests) are available for use.

COVID-19 Information:

The novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease.  Reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community is a shared responsibility. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Hands On volunteer activities, all volunteers are required to:  

  • Follow all COVID safety-rules at their volunteer site or project

  • Wash their hands, at a minimum, before and after their volunteering

  • Maintain physical distancing while volunteering, to the extent practicable

  • Wear a cloth or disposable face covering at all times while volunteering.  

Hands On appreciates your interest in volunteering to help our community in this time of extraordinary need. As part of some volunteer activities, you may risk exposure to COVID-19. If you or any member of your household is experiencing any symptom of COVID-19, or has exhibited any symptom in the past 14 days, please do not sign up for a volunteer activity at this time. Please contact the Opportunity Coordinator if you have any questions about Hands On’s COVID-19 safety rules and the expectations for volunteers. 


Opportunity Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this opportunity.

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**This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

**Please note, your hours may not be recorded in your Hands On Greater Portland account since this is a partner-managed opportunity.


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Volunteers needed through 6/18/2021

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