Interested in getting your hands dirty and packing our boxes full of produce? Join us for a Produce Boxing!
Interested in helping us distribute produce boxes full of fresh fruits and vegetables to our families? Help us at a Produce Distribution!
Click on your city below to find out when and where we need volunteers.
Dear Brighter Bites volunteers,
Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, our families, and our volunteers. Brighter Bites has updated our COVID policy, based on the recent CDC guidance allowing fully vaccinated employees, interns, and external volunteers to be unmasked starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021. This policy covers all Brighter Bites sponsored activities. State, local, school and partner site policies will supersede this policy and we will require ALL employees, interns and volunteers to follow those masking and safety policies. Please look to your supervisor for guidance on state, city, school and partner site policies.
Guidance for volunteers:
- If volunteers have been fully vaccinated, they may provide proof of vaccination by either showing their physical vaccination card or a picture of their vaccination card to the site supervisor.
- The site supervisor will provide the volunteer with a vaccination sticker for the day.
- If a volunteer has not been vaccinated or does not have proof of vaccination they must follow our COVID masking policy.
For more details on our safety practices, please see our safety protocol here.
In good health,
The Brighter Bites Team
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What will I be doing as a volunteer?
During Produce Boxing, your role as a volunteer may include:
- Setting up tables in assembly line format and ensuring work surfaces are clean.
- Unloading and carrying cases of fruits and vegetables (weighing up to 50 pounds) from the pallet to the boxing area.
- Sorting through produce to identify and discard spoiled items.
- Placing fruits and vegetables into the Brighter Bites boxes.
- Breaking down boxes and cleaning tables and floors during and after the boxing process.
During Produce Distribution, your role as a volunteer may include:
- Providing a warm, welcoming, and fun environment for parents and children.
- Distributing boxes into the cars and moving pallets.
- Tracking and checking in families.
- Directing traffic.
- Set up and break down of tents/tables.
- Adding handouts/materials/stickers to the boxes.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Click on the link above for the city in which you would like to volunteer. You will see the city’s event listing page. When you find an event you would like to attend, click on it. Then, the page will direct you to create a volunteer profile in order to sign up for the event.
Do I need to bring ID?
Yes. Please bring a valid government-issued photo identification. You will need to sign-in with your ID at the front office of the site before coming to the Brighter Bites volunteer location at the site.
Do I need a background check?
Each school district and site is different. You will see information about specific requirements for each volunteer opportunity in the details of each event.
Are there age restrictions?
We love all volunteers big or small, but we do have a few restrictions. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed on site, due to the safety precautions necessary during this time of the coronavirus. Children ages 14+ must be accompanied by an adult. Individual city leaders can make exceptions on a case by case basis.
What should I wear?
Please wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. If you have previously volunteered with us, wear your red Brighter Bites t-shirt! Please wear a mask if you do have one. If not, Brighter Bites will provide you with one.
If I need special accommodations, may I still participate?
Yes! We have tasks for everyone. Please let a Brighter Bites staff member know if you need special accommodations.
What do I do when I arrive at the site?
Check in at the front office with your photo ID. Then go to the Brighter Bites volunteer location to check in with Brighter Bites staff.
How long will it take?
The duration of our volunteer opportunities depends on the number of volunteers who attend the event. When you register, you will see the approximate length of the volunteer event indicated in the description.
Can I bring a friend?
The more the merrier! Remember, all volunteers must sign up through the link above.
If I am unable to attend the shift I registered for, do I need to let someone know?
Yes, please use the Cancel my registration button in the registration confirmation email you received, or log in to your volunteer profile to cancel your registration.
If I want to volunteer again, do I need to sign up again?
Yes. Please sign up online for each volunteer shift you would like to attend.
Whom should I contact to give feedback on my experience?
You will receive a link to a volunteer survey in an email after you volunteer with us. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I choose to volunteer at a site close to where I live?
Yes! Once you click on your city link on our volunteer page, you will be able to see our locations on a calendar or search by zip code, site name, date, time of day, etc. by clicking on Show Calendar or Search Events by Interest, Location, Date or Keyword.
Can I still volunteer if I don't have a car?
Many of our sites are located within close proximity to public transportation. View our locations in the calendar view or search locations by zip code, and refer to your local public transit website for the closest means of public transportation.
Can I still volunteer if English is not my first language?
Yes! There most likely will be a bilingual staff member on site to help, and all of our materials are in English and Spanish.
Do you have volunteer opportunities after school hours or on weekends?
Most of our volunteer opportunities take place during school hours. However, some of our cities do have volunteer opportunities on the weekends. Once you click on your city link on our volunteer page, you will be able to search our opportunities by day of the week, time of day, etc.
Can I get confirmation of my volunteer service?
Yes. Please bring any paperwork that you need signed by Brighter Bites staff to the site during your shift. You can also print a verified summary of your service hours including dates and total time through your volunteer profile!
Can I take home produce?
Brighter Bites volunteers are sometimes parents of children in the Brighter Bites program, so they are allowed to take home their produce bags after volunteering. It is possible that volunteers who are associated with the school and community or are undergraduate or graduate students at a local college may also be offered a set of complimentary produce bags. Volunteers who are not affiliated with the site or a local college, such as volunteers from another organization, corporation, or company, may not receive produce bags. ALL volunteers will receive a complimentary Brighter Bites t-shirt in appreciation of their service!