Hands-On Volunteering

Meal Preparation and Service
Approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers don’t know from where their next meal will come. Through our FeedNYC initiative, we work to ensure that New Yorkers in need may access healthy and nutritious meals. Volunteers will team up with our FeedNYC nonprofit partners to prepare and serve meals at local soup kitchens. Volunteers needed: 5–20. 


Urban Gardening
Many low-income New Yorkers live in “food deserts”—neighborhoods with virtually no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In an effort to address this, since 2000 our Seed Grants have helped our nonprofit partners build innovative ways, like urban farms and gardens, to bring fresh produce to where it's desperately needed. A typical urban farm provides approximately 1,200 pounds of fresh produce to its community each growing season. By planting, harvesting, composting, mulching, and weeding, volunteers will help build or revitalize a community garden. Volunteers needed: 5–15.    


Food Pantry Assistance
In New York City, 2.6 million people regularly have trouble affording food. Through our FeedNYC initiative, we partner with food pantries across the boroughs to provide low-income New Yorkers with nutritious food every week. Volunteers will team up with our FeedNYC nonprofit partners to assemble and distribute bags filled with food to pantry clients. Volunteers needed: 5–20.


Packing Kits
Many of our nonprofit partners do not have sufficient funds to purchase critical educational and health-related materials for their clients. Volunteers will assemble supplies, such as literacy kits, healthy snack packs, and hygiene kits, to bring tangible comfort to New Yorkers in need.  


Sorting Donations
Our nonprofit partners often receive high volumes of donations and need extra hands to sort and categorize them. Volunteers will help our partners get these donations out into the community by sorting, categorizing, and packing them. Volunteers needed: 20–50