Memo re COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We value you, our volunteers. Your work is critical in getting healthy food out to vulnerable populations, and your wellbeing is important to us. If you feel sick, please stay home to reduce the risk of spreading illness. If you need to cancel a volunteer shift, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at volunteers@regionalfoodbank.net. We have taken precautions to help ensure staff and volunteers stay safe during their shifts.

Update February 28, 2022: The CDC has updated their mask guidelines. The Food Bank has been following CDC guidelines throughout the pandemic and will be following these new recommendations. The requirement to wear a mask is still dependent upon Community COVID-19 Transmission Levels. Currently, the transmission rate in Albany allows for masks to be optional when visiting our facility. Please wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.

We will continue to monitor and update everyone if/when things change.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Donations come to us in all forms and often need to be sorted before we can distribute them. That’s where volunteers come in! We receive donations of dry, frozen, and refrigerated food; paper products; household items; personal hygiene products; school supplies; diapers; and more that need to be repacked into useable, family-sized packages. Whatever you sort when you volunteer with us, your efforts will help low-income families stretch their limited budgets and eat better.

Volunteer Activities

Sorting and Re-Boxing Donations on our Warehouse Dock

  • Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes
  • Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult

We run 1.5 to 2-hour shifts Tuesday through Friday from 10am-12pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 1pm-3pm at our 1 Selina Drive, Albany location and from 5pm-8pm Monday through Thursday evenings and 9am-3pm on weekends at our main facility at 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to help us sort and box donations to be distributed to our member agencies

How To Register for a Shift

If you are looking to volunteer as an INDIVIDUAL or FAMILY, please use our secure online volunteer management software below. Once you find openings that fit your schedule, click “Register for an Event” and you will be directed to create your secure volunteer profile in our system. If you are looking to register your family, see our directions on how to add family members to your profile.

Are you looking to organize a GROUP? Please visit our Group Volunteer Page to learn more about our group opportunities and to fill out our group request form.

If you are looking to volunteer as a family or with a few friends, please have each volunteer create an individual profile and sign up for a shift using our online registration below.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York | 965 Albany Shaker Road | Latham, NY 12110