Outreach >> Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers!

Below are brief descriptions of specific tasks that need to be done every month. If you are interested in helping us to help people in need, please call 973-831-4442 and leave a message. We will call you back!  See also the brief overview of our Food Pantry on our home page. The St. Mary’s Food Pantry is open on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Wednesdays following these Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Shopper Assistants:  In 2012 we instituted "Client Choice” whereby our client-families may shop for their food.  The clients come once a month on their scheduled day. Our shopper assistants are our largest group of volunteers.  Assistants help the families shop for their food and household items.

Receptionist/Welcoming:  Two volunteers are needed at the front desk to keep things orderly and to make sure that all client-families are properly registered and sign-in.  A challenging part of this job is being friendly and welcoming even when it gets busy at the pantry.

Food Organization and Date-Checking:  All the food that is dropped off at St. Mary's Parish Offices, or the church, needs to be taken to the Food Pantry on a regular basis.  (The Food Pantry is about 3 blocks away from the church/rectory, and is accessible from the Municipal Parking Lot.)  The amount of food we receive each day can vary from perhaps 3 bags to 15 bags - or more.  Volunteers are needed to check all the food for expiration dates (or “best use by” dates).

Stocking/Shelving:  Stocking donated food on our shelves needs to be done a few times each week.  Stocking the shelves involves either food which has been date-checked that comes from donations or opening cases that come from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, one of our partner agencies.  Our goal is to organize the food that is closest to the expiration date on the shelves where it will be used first. 

Interviewing:  All of our client-families must go through an initial interview, and then, assuming they remain with us, must be re-interviewed each year.  In order for us to sign-up a new household/family, they must:

a. Live within our service area: Pompton Lakes, Bloomingdale, Wanaque, Haskell, Butler, and Oakland.
b. Have the following paperwork with them for us to copy:

i. Photo I.D. (driver’s license)
ii. Copy of a utility bill showing their address
iii. Documents (social security cards) verifying all members in their household
iv. Documents showing any income or public assistance received by them or anyone in their household (we go use income guidelines supplied by The Emergency Food Assistance Program of NJ (TEFAP))

 Box-truck drivers:  Each month drivers are needed to take St. Mary's box truck to the Community Food Bank in Hillside.  Twice a month drivers take the truck to Entenmann's to pick up donated deserts (in Kearny) and purchased bread (in Little Falls).  Drivers of St. Mary's vehicles need to fill out certain paperwork that must be on file before they can drive.

Clean up:  Periodic cleaning of the refrigerator and freezers is needed. 

Volunteer Qualifications:  All volunteers are required to complete paper work and training as dictated by the Parish, Diocese and government agency(ies).


Please note that the above represents volunteer opportunities that may have openings at various times throughout the year.  For the most current volunteer needs, please email the Food Pantry at foodpantry@stmarys-pompton.org.  Please include your name and phone number in the email and the volunteer assignment that is of particular interest to you.  You may also call us at 973-831-4442 and leave a message.  We’ll call you back.