All group volunteer activities are are not available during the COVID 19 quarantine. Feel free to sign up for a time further in the future.
Delivering Emergency Good Food Boxes – we need help now!
If you would like to help out now, we need drivers to help us get emergency good food boxes delivered across the city to those who need the boxes. Click here for details.
We welcome corporate and volunteer groups for various activities. Your team enjoys a fun, meaningful experience while learning more about FoodShare’s work.
We’re delighted to offer volunteering experience for your group and as it requires some staff time to organize and facilitate group visits we ask that you consider donating:
-$2 to $5 per person for nonprofits/community groups
-$5 to $10 per person for institutions
-$10 to $25 per person for corporate groups
Any individual donation above $20 is eligible for a tax receipt.
All visiting volunteers will be required to read and consent to our Code of Conduct.
Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or a teacher. Youth between the age of 14 and 18 must have a permission form and photo release form signed by a parent or guardian.
All volunteer opportunities listed below will include an introduction to FoodShare, followed by a chance to contribute to one of our programs.
Volunteer Opportunities Available at FoodShare
Super School Packers (Labour Day to mid-June)
Help us get good food out to Toronto schools by packing fresh produce in our warehouse. Schools across the city order fresh produce at wholesale rate from FoodShare to use in their student nutrition programs – such as a daily snack or breakfast. This program makes it easier and more affordable for schools to access fruits and veggies.
– Max 10 people
– Fridays, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm (end time varies depending on how many orders we receive)
Produce Packing (Year Round)
Help us pack fresh produce for our markets and Good Food Boxes. These programs increase access to fresh produce for people in Toronto.
– Max 5 people
– Tuesdays, 1:30pm – 5pm (finish time depends on number of orders)
Volunteer Opportunities Available at Community Program Locations
Farmer for a Day at BCI (May – November)
– Location: Burnhamthorpe CI, 500 The East Mall
Visit our School Grown program where we have turned an underutilized school yard into a vibrant and productive two-acre urban farm! Our School Grown sites offer paid jobs and school credit opportunities to students farming at their school! Volunteers help out with weeding, watering, planting, and harvesting while learning about the benefits of school gardens.
– April, May, June: Fridays, Minimum of 5, maximum 20 people, 4 hours max between 9am and 4pm
– July & August -NO DATES AVAILABLE. Due to our intensive summer youth programming, group volunteering is not available.
– September, October & November: Fridays, Minimum of 5, maximum 20 people, 4 hours max between 9am and 4pm
Support our Therapeutic Garden space at CAMH (April – October)
– Location: CAMH, 1001 Queen St W.
Visit the Sunshine Garden at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This program uses horticulture as a way to provide clients with transferable skills, like teamwork and entrepreneurship. Many of the participants say that it also helps to build self-confidence and restores a sense of hope and purpose to their day–to-day lives. Receive a tour of the outdoor growing space and new greenhouse and get your hands dirty in the garden beds.
– Max 15 people
– Fridays between 8am-12pm (2 hour shift minimum and 4 hour shift maximum)
CAMH Garden Workshop
– Location: CAMH, 1001 Queen St W.
Bring your group for a team building workshop on seed starting, soil mixing and/or plant propagation. Snacks provided.
– Cost: $300
– 15 ppl max
– 2 hours between 8am-4pm
We look forward to your visit!