The Barrhaven Food Cupboard is 100% volunteer-run. In all, it takes well over 100 people to keep this grassroots community organization operating each month! Our volunteers work as greeters, dispatchers, packers, drivers, board members and in many other roles. We update this page regularly with pressing and unique volunteer needs, however, we are always looking to add new neighbours to our volunteer lists! If you would like to put your name forward, please send an email our volunteer co-ordinator Aaron Lemieux at [email protected].
Join Our Board of Directors
Apr. 21, 2022 — At the Annual General Meeting on June 22, 2022, the Barrhaven Food Cupboard membership will elect or acclaim members to board positions that are up for renewal. Those positions are:
- Director for Volunteers
- Director for Communications
- Director at Large
If you have questions about these roles or are interested in putting your name forward, please contact President George MacDonald at [email protected] or Past President Kevin Miller at [email protected]. Those interested in standing for election can submit their names to our Secretary, Shannon Van Luven, at [email protected]. If there are two or more candidates for any one position, a vote will be held at the AGM to determine who will become a member for the next two-year term.
Become our Treasurer in 2023
Apr. 21, 2022 — The board is also seeking a new treasurer to replace the incumbent in 2023. This is an important position, and we hope to include the new treasurer in board activities soon so they can gain familiarity with the board, the organization and, importantly, the duties of the Treasurer.
I’d like to volunteer with the Barrhaven Food Cupboard (BFC). Could you use my help?
Absolutely! The Barrhaven Food Cupboard depends entirely on volunteers. We don’t have any paid staff.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers transport and sort food donations; pack and deliver food orders; liaise with schools, businesses and other organizations conducting food drives; liaise with clients; promote the work of the Cupboard; and coordinate the Barrhaven Christmas Hamper Program. When you’re a volunteer, you choose how you want to help.
How many hours per week are volunteers expected to contribute?
How much time you spend as a volunteer at the Barrhaven Food Cupboard depends on the ebb and flow of donations, client demand and your function.
If you have volunteered to pick up food from the donation bins in local grocery stores, you could be asked to make one or two pickups per week.
If you are sorting or packing food donations your time commitment will depend on the volume of food donations. You will be assigned to a team and each team is responsible for one week out of every four. Team members schedule their own times.
Dispatchers (those taking orders from clients and putting out the food) rotate, working about 30 minutes per day over a two-week period, once every eight weeks.
If you are delivering food orders to clients, you will usually deliver one or two orders once every three weeks or so, depending on client demand.
Who can be a volunteer?
Most of our volunteers at the Barrhaven Food Cupboard are adults because they work autonomously (and, often, by themselves), scheduling their own times during their duty periods. We have some teen volunteers but they usually work alongside a parent.
I want to volunteer. Where do I sign on?
The Barrhaven Food Cupboard does not maintain an office or have paid staff, so to protect the privacy of our volunteers (who work out of their own homes) we ask that you contact us at our general telephone number 613-825-4505. That includes anyone who wants to volunteer. Please leave your contact information and you will be contacted by our volunteer coordinator