Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Without them and their dedication to serving members of their community, we would not be able to serve our neighbors as efficiently as we do. Thank you for your interest!

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What Wednesday of the month can you volunteer? Patchwork Pantry prioritizes accepting volunteers who can volunteer once per month and make at least a semester-long or 4 month commitment.

Kitchen Worker

Kitchen workers arrive at Pantry by 6:15 p.m.

Volunteers must be able to lift bags of groceries and work independently in a fast-paced environment.

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to work in the kitchen.

Client Name Caller

The Client Name Caller arrives at Pantry by 6:50 p.m.

When food orders are complete in the kitchen, this volunteer calls the name of the client and places the order in the shopping cart.

Volunteer must be able to lift bags of groceries.

This position is only available to adult volunteers.

Host Table

Hosts arrive at Pantry by 6:45 p.m.

One volunteer greets clients and pulls client folders (for returning clients) or creates folders (for new clients).

The other volunteer enters client data into an Excel spreadsheet on a laptop computer.

Cart Pusher

Cart pushers arrive at Pantry by 6:50 p.m.

Volunteers help lift bags of groceries into the cart and load the groceries into the client’s vehicle.

This position may be done with an adult/child working together. It is recommended that a child be upper elementary school age or older.


Interviewers arrive at Pantry by 6:45 p.m. (First-time volunteers arrive at 6:30 p.m. for training.)

Volunteers in this position interview clients and complete forms and food lists.

The ability to speak another language, particularly Spanish or Arabic, is very helpful but not required.

Produce Distributor

Produce distributors arrive at Pantry by 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers help sort and bag produce prior to Pantry opening, and then help clients select produce as they leave the building with their groceries.

This position may be done with an adult/child working together. It is recommended that a child be upper elementary school age or older.

Food Pickup and Stocking (Wednesday morning)


This person is available to assist on Wednesday mornings between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help pick up food at The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona or local stores, unload the truck and stock shelves.

Update for January 2021: Patchwork Pantry has an amazing number of regular volunteers. At this time our biggest need is for cart pushers who load groceries into clients cars. Due to COVID-19 and the way our operations have changed, the time commitment for a cart pusher is 6:00-7:45pm.


If you are not interested in being a cart pusher but would like to get involved in the future, you can still complete the interest form and we will let you know when future opportunities arise. 

Looking for a remote volunteer opportunity? Patchwork Pantry is looking for a volunteer coordinator. A weekly commitment and some basic administrative skills are required. Time commitment is 2-3 hours per week.  If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer coordinator position, please email 

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Find us: 70 South High St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Call us: 540-433-2148

Visit us: **Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm during COVID-19 time**

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