Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.
Volunteers are the driving force behind foodbanks. There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis. We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.
We need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into parcels for clients to collect. You could help in this vital work to ensure we have the right food available at all times.
Foodbanks work with front line agencies who in turn refer clients to foodbanks. Some foodbanks have over 100 referral partners and in this role you will be coordinating the issuing and distribution of vouchers to these agencies. Once the vouchers are redeemed the data they contain needs to be added to our central database. Full training and support is available.
Helping at a foodbank centre
Meet clients and give out food parcels or just help prepare food parcels for clients. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.
Assist with our supermarket collections
Usually at weekends so may be accessible for those who work full-time. We hand out shopping lists to customers in supermarkets with the request to donate one or more items from the list. We then collect these food items, thank the customers and liaise with the warehouse for collection.
Transport of donated food
We have 4 distribution centres in the Wrexham area which all need to be restocked during the week from our central warehouse. We also have collection bins in Wrexham Tesco; Cefn Mawr Tesco and Wrexham Sainsburys which need to be emptied on a regular basis and donations taken to the warehouse. During our supermarket collections we need to transport food to the warehouse as well.