Nobody gets paid at Hope for Food so without the dedication, enthusiasm and unremitting energy of our amazing volunteers we just wouldn’t exist. We are always looking to welcome new volunteers and have a range of roles available. Whether it’s cooking at community meals, packing food parcels, driving our vans or helping out at events we’re pretty sure we can find something to suit everyone.


Community meal volunteers

Our volunteer cooks prepare and serve hot meals, soup, sandwiches and cakes for our twice weekly community meals, whilst our general volunteers help out with both the meals and handing out clothes and equipment from our van. Volunteer drivers take the van to the venue and back to our unit at West Howe afterwards. There is a team leader in attendance at every meal to ensure everything runs smoothly and to schedule. We operate an online rota system and it’s up to each volunteer how many shifts they sign up for. We encourage people to visit the “Cooks Corner’ at our unit to pick up supplies for cooking, baking and soup making.

If you like cooking, driving or mixing with all sorts of people and have a couple of hours to spare on a Thursday or Sunday evening we’d love to hear from you. All community meal volunteers are invited to an induction session so you can decide whether it’s right for you before committing.


Unit Volunteers

Our unit on West Howe Industrial Estate is the hub of our operation and is open mornings only, Monday to Thursday. Volunteers at the unit check and sort donations large and small, from a single shopping bag to a wholesale delivery, no two days are the same. They also prepare the food parcels that go out each week, sort clothes and make up clothing and household packs, load the vans and generally keep the place organised and efficient. There is a regular supply of refreshments and often cake too!


Collections and deliveries

We have a team of volunteers who have their own transport and collect surplus food from supermarkets and other locations for us. This is usually at regular allotted times organised by the collections co-ordinator but sometimes on an ad hoc basis too.

From time to time we also need drivers who can help with deliveries either using their own transport or the charity vehicles.



We take part in a number of events each year and are often in need of people to help man them. These could include community events like the ‘Increase the Peace’ festival, a sponsors event, a Christmas fair or a supermarket food drive. If you like meeting people, can enthusiastically promote the charity and have a few hours to spare here and there, then why not get in touch.


Workplace Volunteering

If your workplace has a staff volunteering programme we would be interested to hear from you as we do from time to time invite small groups of volunteers to help out. Christmas is a very popular time for this and as we have limited availability we recommend contacting us well in advance


Administrative Support

We are often in need of people to help out with administrative tasks such as helping to manage our social media platforms, working on projects or keeping on top of paper work. If you have this type of experience and are happy to work from home, do let us know.


How to volunteer

Contact us now to find out more about volunteering