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We strive to make our volunteering a safe space for all to come along because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to volunteer!

Individual Volunteer roles

Food Sorting

Job Description

Have fun while sorting through fresh food donations, so they can feed people not landfills. Join us any afternoon or on Saturdays. Register your interest through our Volaby platform. You'll need to be ready to uphold safe working practices. There's lots of manual handling, including lifting and carrying up to 20kg throughout the shift. You'll help us maintain a safe, clean warehouse environment at all times. We've got other basic duties including vehicle washing, fridge/freezer cleaning, general housekeeping, meal prep. We will not ask you to do anything unreasonable or beyond your capability.

Criteria
  • Hardworking with reasonable physical fitness, able to hand carry loads of 20kg throughout shift
  • Ability to work as part of a team with people from all walks of life
  • The ability to understand instructions in English
  • Clear and open communication, ability to work unsupervised
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Warehouse Assistant

Job Description

Working with the Fair Food Warehouse Manager, weighing the sorted rescued food donations and allocating to community groups. Upholding safe working practices. Manual handling, including hand carrying up to 20kg multiple times throughout the shift. Data entry of rescued and allocated food. Meeting and greeting our recipient organisations on arrival to collect their allocated food. Operating a pallet jack. Training will be provided. A forklift licence would be beneficial but not necessary, evidence will need to be provided. Maintaining a safe, clean warehouse environment at all times. Other duties as required. These include, but are not limited to, vehicle washing, fridge/freezer cleaning. We will not ask you to do anything unreasonable or beyond your capability.

Criteria
  • Hardworking with reasonable physical fitness, able to hand carry loads of 20kg throughout shift
  • An upbeat personality with the ability to work as part of a team with people from all walks of life. You will be publicly representing Fair Food and are required to comply with our Code of Conduct at all times.
  • Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Training will be provided
  • Good level of spoken and written English
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Driver Assistant

Job Description

Working with the Fair Food Driver to collect and safely transport donated food, from supermarkets and food manufacturers, in the Fair Food chiller truck to the Fair Food Hub for the Warehouse Manager to receive. This includes but is not limited to; Loading and unloading the truck; Upholding safe working practices in the truck, the supermarket warehouse and front store; Manual handling, including hand carrying up to 20kg multiple times throughout the shift; Entering rescued food into our App; Other duties as required, such as vehicle washing. We will not ask you to do anything unreasonable or beyond your capability; Whilst you are out with the Driver you will be publicly representing Fair Food and are required to comply with our Code of Conduct at all times.

Criteria
  • Hardworking with reasonable physical fitness, able to hand carry loads of 20kg throughout shift
  • Polite and respectful with a conscientious work ethic
  • Ability to work as part of a team with people from all walks of life
  • Basic level of spoken and written English
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Volunteer as team

What you'll do

Job Description

We love having groups come through to volunteer at our Hub in Avondale. The best time to come is from 12 - 4 when our fresh foods have just come off the trucks and are ready to sort. We can accommodate groups of 6 - 30 people. You'll laugh, get your hands dirty, and go through about 1 tonne of fresh produce and goods that are fit to eat, cook, or compost. Every kg of food we save from landfill can make three meals for someone who needs them.

Criteria
  • Email us to make arrangements: volunteering@fairfood.org.nz
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Fund-raise with Us

Jazz up your next morning tea as a fundraiser for Fair Food. Raise awareness of food waste, enjoy some awesome kai and do good too.

Donate Funds

$1 = 3 meals for people in need, PLUS you’ll save greenhouse emissions too by helping us divert good food from landfill.

Donate Food

Extra food? We’ll get a food rescue superhero onto it to get your good food to people who need it.

Use your skills with us

Using your specialist skills whether you’re a writer, an IT guru, lawyer or chef, please get in touch to see how your awesome skills can support our mission to feed people, not landfill.

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Meet Our Volunteers

Rachel
Rachel keeps coming back to volunteer because she has made some lovely friendships with the staff and other regular volunteers. Rachel says “I like the systems Fair Food has for sorting the food – it makes it easy for me to do my job well”.

Nick
I volunteer for my self healing following depression. Fair Food provides an accessible volunteering opportunity for me where I have made many friends that are compassionate and supportive of my journey toward wellness.

Colleen
A recently retired lawyer, Colleen enjoys volunteering at Fair Food because she loves contributing to a good cause while meeting some great people and having a bit of fun!

FAQs

Can I volunteer with Fair Food if I’ve only got an hour or so spare?

Food sorters need to be available for at least two hours however, there are many ways you can volunteer with Fair Food including skills-based volunteering. Skills we routinely need are photographers, general admin, and housekeeping.

Can I volunteer with Fair Food if I'm under 16yrs?

Absolutely! Volunteers between 12-16 years old need to be accompanied by a guardian. If you are 16 years and over, you can come on your own or with your friends and whanau.

Can I volunteer with Fair Food if I have a disability?

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to contribute to their community. Get in touch with us at volunteering@fairfood.org.nz to discuss your specific requirements.

Can I volunteer with Fair Food if we’re a corporate group?

Absolutely! We have many options for groups to volunteer with us from our daily three-hour food sort to an all-day ‘Do Good Work Do’ event. Let us know what suits you, your team and together, we'll make it happen. Email us at volunteering@fairfood.org.nz

Can I volunteer in the morning/evening/weekends?

Our current food sorting shifts are from Monday to Friday 12:15pm - 3:15pm and Saturday 10:30 - 1:30 Should this change, we’ll announce it on our social media channels or you can subscribe to our newsletter to stay in touch. We may have other events where we need volunteers for weekends so let us know and we’ll keep in touch.

How long is a volunteer shift?

Our ‘business as usual’ daily food sorting shifts are between 12:15pm and 3:15pm Monday to Friday, and last between 2-3 hours depending on the amount of rescued food and volunteers!

Can I leave early for the school run?

Absolutely! We have lots of parents, grandparents and caregivers volunteering with us. Just give us a heads up so we can make sure we have cover for the entire shift.

What are we doing to be COVID safe?

Our protocols are regularly reviewed and are based on our health and safety policy along with the government covid-19 guidelines. In the meantime, kai/food collections and distributions are contactless where possible and we're all wearing masks and slapping on plenty of hand sanitiser.

How do I sign up?

Complete our volunteer application process and make sure you’re comfortable with the requirements of the role. We’ll send you a link to book in for an induction session before you start volunteering with us.

What happens during the induction?

This is a chance for you to get to know more about; – Fair Food and why we’re passionate about feeding people, not landfill – About who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going – What’s involved in being a Food Rescue Superhero – Our generous food donors – The impactful recipient charities we partner with throughout West Auckland – Then we'll get stuck in for the daily food sorting shift!

What happens on my first shift?

On your first day we'll provide flash-as aprons, hi-vis vests and buddy you up with our Super Sorter crew to help you to determine food which is 'fit to eat, fit to cook and fit to compost/animal feed'.

Do volunteers get paid?

We ‘pay’ our volunteers with aroha. Volunteering is a donation of your time that is not rewarded by money.

Do you make up food parcels at Fair Food?

We lovingly hand-sort through donated and rescued food to ensure the best ‘fit to eat and fit to cook’ is then allocated to our 30+ partner charities throughout West Auckland to make up food parcels for their clients at their own Hubs.

What are the main hazards in your workplace?

We work in a high-energy warehouse where the number one hazard is people - staff and volunteers alike! Our volunteers work separately from our high hazard area (forklifts, vehicle access etc) to keep everyone safe. During your induction, we’ll also talk about good manual handling practices.

If you have any questions, that are not covered here, please get in touch with us at volunteering@fairfood.org.nz

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