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In Pantry Volunteer

Hands of Hope Food Pantry operates as a free grocery store allowing people to shop for their basic needs. There is no charge to those that shop with us. They may shop for food to supplement their food budget during times of crisis and as they work toward self-sufficiency. We are located in Portland, Tennessee and serve Sumner County. When you sign up as a volunteer with us, it gives an opportunity for our regular volunteer staff to take a much needed break so it is very important that when you commit to this project that you do attend. We also ask that if you do need to cancel to please do so at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled date so we can make arrangements to fill your spot. Thankfully, most people are respectful but we have had some no shows and super late cancellations by large groups which leaves us securing volunteers at the last minute to take care of 50-60 families that need to shop with us. Also, please wear comfortable but modest clothing. T shirts and jeans/joggers/leggings/khakis are best suited for comfort while working at the pantry.
We are dependent on a volunteer base that serves with the heart of a servant which means being kind, respectful, friendly, on time as well as communicating well. Volunteer shifts will include tasks such as:

  • greeting customers
  • helping people with questions while they shop
  • checking people out at the register
  • bagging groceries
  • delivering groceries to vehicles
  • help with the flow of parking
  • manage the outdoor wait line
  • end of the day cleanup
  • maintaining store cleanliness throughout the day
  • stocking shelves as needed
  • and other miscellaneous tasks as needed. 

We have water and coffee available on site. If you will need a snack during your shift, please bring one. 

Food Insecurity
Families, People Experiencing Homelessness, Immigrants & Refugees, Low-income Households, People with Health Concerns & Disabilities, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Military & Veterans

Age Minimum (with Adult): 13+, Minimum Age:16+

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