The Food Bank has fluctuating needs throughout the year based on season, product, and volunteer availability. To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, please fill out our online application and contact our volunteer and outreach coordinator at (517) 908-3698 or e-mail at

Volunteers: Report to our warehouse at 2116 Mint Road unless otherwise noted. Some times are approximate.

Drivers (Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.)

We are in need of volunteer drivers with delivery experience and a minimum of a chauffeur’s license with the ability to get a medical card (chauffeur’s license with air brake or a CDL are encouraged). The driver and assistants pick up food donations from area restaurants, stores, and food distributors and deliver the donations to recipient agencies, community centers, and pantries. Volunteers need to be able to lift and carry 40 pounds.

Rider (Mondays, 7:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.)

This position consists of assisting a driver on a food run. You will pick up food donations from area businesses and deliver the food to recipient agencies, community centers, and pantries. Volunteers need to be able to carry and lift 40 pounds.

Food Sorter (Individuals and groups: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–noon and 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.; groups— some Saturdays and one evening shift a month. Please contact us.)

Organization is essential and the donations from our community need to be sorted in order to be distributed. You will evaluate, clean, sanitize, repack, and label all salvage (donated product) into designated categories. Ability to read labels and dates required. The warehouse temperature varies with the weather, so dress appropriately; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Lifting and bending is required.

Food Movers Assistant (Monday, 8:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)

Volunteers will ride along with a driver to pick up prepared food donations and deliver them to pantries and kitchens around the Lansing area. Volunteers need to be able to get in and out of our large(ish) truck and carry and lift up to 40 pounds.

Open Food Distribution Volunteer

The Greater Lansing Food Bank holds open food distributions at various locations around Lansing, where people in need can come and receive food. Volunteers are necessary to help unload food from our trucks and set up, interact with consumers during the distribution, help consumers carry food out to their vehicles, and help clean up and tear down when finished. Volunteers are needed the second Saturday of the month, with shifts starting around 9:30 a.m. and ending at about 1 p.m. Volunteers should be 14 years and older, courteous and professional, and able to interact with a diverse population.

Garden Support

We have a variety of garden-related opportunities that change with the seasons.

Group Community Garden Workdays (spring through fall):

We need groups of various sizes to help community gardens with a variety of tasks. This could include painting sheds, weeding common spaces, constructing rain barrels or raised beds, and much more!

Resource Center Volunteers (times vary—closed during winter months):

You don’t need a green thumb to lend a hand—you can come once or twice, or become a regular volunteer to help distribute seeds, plants, and tools. This is a fun way to meet new people while serving the community. We’re also looking for an organized bookworm to tend our library of gardening books, videos, and educational publications. The Garden Project’s Foster Park Resource Center is located at 2401 Marcus Street, 48912 on Lansing’s eastside.

Seed Packager and Sorter (times vary—mostly during the winter months):

You can help give free seeds to thousands of gardeners! Many seeds are donated in bulk to The Garden Project and need to be re-packaged for distribution. Our goal is to give gardeners an equal share of the donation since not everyone wants 10,000 radish seeds. Seed packaging is an activity you can do alone, with a group, at our office, or at your home or meeting place.

Seed Starter (times vary—mostly late February through April):

Grow plants and donate them. The Garden Project distributes these plants to gardeners in our network through the Resource Center, which provides them the chance to grow and preserve their own fresh food. You can plant and care for seedlings at home, your workplace, a greenhouse, or a group location. Most plants need four to eight weeks to grow prior to donation. We can provide ideas on what to grow, basic tips, seeds, and other materials. This is especially easy if you already start your own plants.