Become A Volunteer
Organize a group from your workplace, church or school,
or join a meet up of individuals to helpus get food to the youngest
or oldest among us…
or help us spread the word!
Individual volunteers or group representatives that are interested in supporting any hunger relief programs, please contact Rachael Copple by email at
to learn more about volunteering with us.
Shared Harvest is open for business Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Individual volunteer sessions are generally
9 to 11:30 a.m. to Monday and Thursday.
Group volunteer sessions are generally
1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
We also have volunteer opportunities on the first and second Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers 15-18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. They should be able to stand for at least an hour or two and lift up to 35 pounds, must wear closed-toed shoes, and dress appropriately for a slightly heated and non-air conditioned warehouse.
Please note that we cannot guarantee working on any specific project during volunteer sessions. The activities are decided based on the the communities needs at that time.
BackPack Program – was developed to meet the basic needs of children who have been identified by school staff as being in a family with food insecurity. This contributes to negative behaviors, poor attendance and academic problems in the classroom.
Job Description: walking the stacks to assemble back pack carrier with various items in a grocery bag and/or box packed bags in preparation for weekly distributions. Great walking exercise.
Retail Rescue Program – rescues perishable, center of the plate foods, from retail grocers utilizing a food safety protocol developed by Kroger, and offers it for distribution to our partner agencies.
Job Description: Performing quality checks on donated food and package variety boxes. A knowledgeable staff person will review the process of checking each donated food item for quality while working with the volunteers.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program – Provides a 35 pound box of nutritious supplemental food for persons who are over 60 years old. This project’s average recipient is 73 years old and tries to live on $937 a month. They depend on this box of food to help them afford to live independently and with dignity.
Job Description: Standing in an assembly line while packing 21+ food items in a box in preparation for monthly distribution. Volunteers must be attentive to given direction to insure each box contains the same amount of items. Great for those wanting a moderate walking and lifting exercise.
Food Drive Support – Stamp Out Hunger (May) and Holiday Food Drives (November & December) are the largest organized food drive campaigns held to benefit Shared Harvest. Each campaign brings in such a tremendous amount of food that we need help sorting and boxing.
Food Drive Job Description: Performing quality checks on donated food and boxing for distribution. A knowledgeable staff person will review the process of checking each donated food item for quality (date stamp and physical condition).
Stamp Out Hunger Job Description: On the second Saturday of May, 9 to 10 volunteers are needed to assist letter carriers at each of 5 Butler County participating Post Offices: Rossville (Hamilton), Hamilton, Fairfield, Middletown, and West Chester. Some volunteers are needed to drive local routes to collect donations and some to offload collections from carrier trucks and load them into totes in Shared Harvest trailers. This is a perfect opportunity for high school age students trying to meet community service requirements.
Bulk Mailings – This is fairly easy sit down work, assembling newsletter and donor solicitation mailing in an office environment. Good opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones.