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Volunteer On Kaua‘i

YOU Are Essential!

Hawaii Foodbank Kaua‘i's mission is recognized as an essential service, which means that volunteers like you are a part of the essential workforce.

Now, more than ever, people are facing food insecurity and counting on Hawaii Foodbank Kaua‘i. Volunteers are one of the most integral pillars of our operational framework and we need the help of groups and individuals to provide safe access to food to families affected by the pandemic and to continue to support those who were already struggling with hunger. If you’d like to volunteer with us, getting started is as easy as… one, two, three! 

Step One: Pick a Volunteer Opportunity

Warehouse Support

Location: 4241 Hanahao Pl. Suite 101, Lihue, HI  96766
Shift Times: 8 am to Noon, Noon to 3:30 pm.
(Minimum of one (1) hr. shift, maximum of eight (8) hours)
Available Days: Monday through Friday

Description: Assist in scanning, inspecting and sorting dry salvage items, along with produce donations. These tasks ensure the integrity of food products and preparing items for warehouse storage. Warehouse operations is vital to daily food collection and food distribution. Other tasks, include attending to daily cleaning schedules and logs.

Requirements: Volunteers will be required to stand, lift and bend throughout the duration of the entire shift. Closed toe shoes are required and comfortable clothing is suggested. The minimum age to volunteer is eight years old. Those 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. We can accommodate up to 5 volunteers per shift. We are also requiring all volunteers to pass a temperature check and wear proper personal protective equipment when in the warehouse.

CSFP (Senior Food Box) Assistance - Kapa’a Elderly Housing

Location: 4241 Hanahao Pl. Suite 101, Lihue, HI 96766
Shift Times: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Available Days: Last Monday of the Month

Description: Duties include picking up senior boxes from 4241 Hanahao Pl. A, located in Puhi Industrial and delivering to distribution site listed. Collect signatures of receipt from CSFP participants, turn in signed sheets to Agency/Administrative Manager.

Requirements: Minimum age is 16 years of age, (must obtain valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance). Volunteers will be required to stand, lift and bend throughout the duration of the entire shift. Closed toe shoes are required and comfortable clothing is suggested.

CSFP (Senior Food Box) Assistance - Kapa’a Missionary Church

Location: 4241 Hanahao Pl. Suite 101, Lihue, HI 96766
Shift Times: 4 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Available Days: 4th Saturday of the Month

Description: Duties include picking up senior boxes from 4241 Hanahao Pl. A, located in Puhi Industrial and delivering to distribution site listed. Collect signatures of receipt from CSFP participants, turn in signed sheets to Agency/Administrative Manager.

Requirements: Minimum age is 16 years of age, (must obtain valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance). Volunteers will be required to stand, lift and bend throughout the duration of the entire shift. Closed toe shoes are required and comfortable clothing is suggested.

CSFP (Senior Food Box) Assistance - Lihue Garden Elderly

Location: 4241 Hanahao Pl. Suite 101, Lihue, HI 96766
Shift Times: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Available Days: 3rd Thursday of the Month

Description: Duties include picking up senior boxes from 4241 Hanahao Pl. A, located in Puhi Industrial and delivering to distribution site listed. Collect signatures of receipt from CSFP participants, turn in signed sheets to Agency/Administrative Manager.

Requirements: Minimum age is 16 years of age, (must obtain valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance). Volunteers will be required to stand, lift and bend throughout the duration of the entire shift. Closed toe shoes are required and comfortable clothing is suggested.

CSFP (Senior Food Box) Assistance - Rice Camp

Location: 4241 Hanahao Pl. Suite 101, Lihue, HI 96766
Shift Times: 11 a.m. to Noon
Available Days: Last Wednesday of the Month

Description: Duties include picking up senior boxes from 4241 Hanahao Pl. A, located in Puhi Industrial and delivering to distribution site listed. Collect signatures of receipt from CSFP participants, turn in signed sheets to Agency/Administrative Manager.

Requirements: Minimum age is 16 years of age, (must obtain valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance). Volunteers will be required to stand, lift and bend throughout the duration of the entire shift. Closed toe shoes are required and comfortable clothing is suggested.

CSFP (Senior Food Box) Assistance - Vidinha Stadium

Location: 4241 Hanahao Pl. Suite 101, Lihue, HI 96766
Shift Times: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Available Days: 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Description: Duties include picking up senior boxes from 4241 Hanahao Pl. A, located in Puhi Industrial and delivering to distribution site listed. Collect signatures of receipt from CSFP participants, turn in signed sheets to Agency/Administrative Manager.

Requirements: Minimum age is 16 years of age, (must obtain valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance). Volunteers will be required to stand, lift and bend throughout the duration of the entire shift. Closed toe shoes are required and comfortable clothing is suggested.

Administrative Support

Location: 4241 Hanahao Pl. Suite 101, Lihue, HI 96766
Shift Times: 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Available Days: Monday through Friday

Description: This position helps the Impact Team of Hawaiʻi Foodbank Kauaʻi complete projects in a timely manner, while extending resources into the community. Position will be required to perform a variety of administrative tasks, to include filing, scanning, mailing, maintaining office space, assisting in coordinating  special events, and other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Must be dependable and punctual. Self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented is a plus. Must respect and maintain confidentiality of Hawaiʻi Food Bank Kauaʻi volunteers, partners, and donors. Computer skills are desired, but not necessary.

Special Events

Location: Varies
Shift Times:
Varies
Available Days: Varies, may include evenings and weekends

Description: Throughout the year Hawaiʻi Foodbank Kauaʻi participates in numerous events island wide varying from Pop-up Food Distribution sites, Annual Food/Fund Drive Day, fundraising, food packing, and/ or participating in events hosted by the community. When a volunteer opportunity arises, an e-mail will be sent out. Special events are a great way to volunteer when you are unable to commit to a regular schedule.

Requirements: The minimum age to volunteer is eight years old. Those 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Volunteers will be required to stand, lift and bend throughout the duration of the shift.

Nā Ho‘omaka Hou Food Distributions

Shift Times: Mornings
Days: Thursdays through Nov. 19
Locations: Multiple locations

Description: Hawaii Foodbank Kaua‘i is adding supplemental food distributions to provide more help on the Garden Island. In order to meet the growing need, we’re launching a series of Pop-up Food Distributions across Kaua‘i called “Nā Ho‘omaka Hou,” which will provide emergency food, fresh produce and other items to vulnerable households who have lost access to food due to COVID-19. These food distributions will be held weekly through Nov. 19.

Requirements: Volunteers will help check in clients, pack food, load vehicles and help with other duties as assigned. Volunteers must be 13 or older and be able to bend, lift, carry and stand throughout the duration of the entire shift.

Step Two: Fill out the Volunteer Application Form

Individual

Volunteer Application

Individual Application

Complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Hawaiʻi Foodbank volunteer. Separate applications are required per person

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Volunteer Application

Court Mandated Application

This application form is for COURT MANDATED volunteers. Complete this application form if you’re performing court mandated community service.

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Step Three: We'll reach out to you!

Volunteer orientation is required for all new warehouse volunteers. If you would like to help with distributions or are looking to volunteer with a group, we will send you more information about getting scheduled. Once you’ve submitted your volunteer application form, you’ll receive an email from volunteer@hawaiifoodbankkauai.org with further instruction about volunteering.

Volunteer Information Regarding COVID-19

There is no greater priority than the safety and well-being of our volunteers, donors, staff and the community against the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities. Maintaining clean facilities and following best practices for food safety and distribution are always an integral element of our organization’s culture. Due to COVID-19, we have heightened precautions for cleaning, sanitization procedures and overall best practices. We are diligently and regularly evaluating our operations, and we will continue to take proactive steps to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and volunteers while also protecting against the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities. Our COVID-19 protocols will evolve in response to the current status of COVID-19 in our communities and with the guidance of the CDC, the State of Hawaiʻi and City and County of Honolulu and County of Kauaʻi

To prevent against the spread of COVID-19, anyone who fits into any of these categories is not permitted in our facilities at this time.

  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and you have not yet been cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.
  • Within the past 5 days you or members of your household have experienced any combination of the following symptoms: cough, fever, muscle pain, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.

We also encourage those with underlying health conditions or risk factors to please stay at home or find other ways to contribute during this crisis.

Kokua No Ka Ohana

Questions About Volunteering?

We’re here to help with your volunteer experience, and we want to find the right opportunity for you! For specific inquiries or to submit your volunteer application, please contact us by any of the following methods: 

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