Are you passionate about the wellbeing of neighbours in your community? Want to learn new skills, do some good work, and serve your community? The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank wouldn’t exist without the contributions of members of our community – just like you. Join the over 1000 people who volunteer with us annually, and help to serve your community!

We accept and support:

  • Individual Volunteers
  • Group and Corporate Volunteers
  • Student Volunteers
  • Internships and Other Placements

We want to ensure each volunteer has a positive and rewarding experience with us. Some groups will volunteer once in the year, while others will volunteer week after week – some for a decade or more!

As a Volunteer you may be involved in helping with any of the following events/areas:

  • Emergency hamper room
  • Co-op store
  • Clothing room
  • Warehouse support
  • Special events
  • Serving on the Board of Directors or other committees

Current Volunteer Positions Needed:

Distribution Center

We are seeking volunteers to help in the Distribution Center, sorting food, unloading and loading the truck, filling member agency orders and general upkeep. Volunteers must be able to lift 50+ lbs repeatedly. Volunteers are needed:

  • Wednesdays 1pm-4pm
  • Thursdays 1pm-4pm

This a weekly opportunity. Please contact Tara for more details.

Clothing Room Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to assist in our clothing room. The volunteer will help monitor the room, assist participants with clothing selection as well as keeping it tidy.

Volunteers are needed Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm (end time flexible) and Thursdays from 930am-12pm (end time flexible).

If you would like to volunteer please contact Tara for more details.

Clothing Sorter Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to assist in our clothing sorting room. The volunteer will be responsible for sorting incoming clothing, assessing for cleanliness and season. As well organizing by item, size and gender.

Volunteers are needed Mondays from 1pm-4pm (end time flexible) and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays either 930am-12pm or 1pm-4pm (end times flexible).

If you would like to volunteer please contact Tara for more details.

Food Savers Club

We are looking for volunteers to help us reduce our food waste by preserving, freezing and repackaging food to extend its life so we are able to feed more people. The Food Savers club meets every Tuesday from 1pm – 330pm, Wednesdays from 9am-1130am and Thursdays from 3pm-530pm.

If you would like to volunteers please contact Tara for more details.

Special Events

Are you looking to help out but you can’t volunteer during business hours? Join our Special Events email list and receive updates on weekend volunteer fundraising opportunities out in our community.

For more details please contact Tara.

To sign up to volunteer
fill out our Volunteer Form and email a copy to Tara at tcooper@cambridgefoodbank.on.ca or
drop it off at our office.



Want to get involved? Check out below for a list of our upcoming events at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

Thinking about hosting a special event with your business, community group, place of worship, or team? We would love to hear from you! Contact Alie Teetzel-Edmondstone, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator for more information about holding a special event at ateetzel@cambridgefoodbank.on.ca.

November 15, 2019

Holiday Events at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade November 16th, 2019 - 6 pm - Hespeler Road Start the holiday celebrations at the Cambridge Santa Claus Parade. Don't forget to bring a donation for…
November 5, 2019

Sponsor a Family this Holiday Season

You can help spread joy to families in our community this holiday season by making sure everyone can share a special holiday meal with their family! For too many families…
September 26, 2019

2019 Fall Food and Fund Drive Kick-Off

2019 Fall Food and Fund Drive Kick-off with the Cambridge RedHawks! Join the Cambridge Food Bank and the Cambridge RedHawks kick-off the 2019 Fall Food and Fund Drive! Cheer for…
September 26, 2019

Fall Food and Fund Drive

September 28th to October 31st We are kicking off our annual fall drive for food and funds on September 28th, 2019 with the goal of raising $20,000 and 100,000 pounds…

Run A Food Drive

Class, Neighbourhood, Business, Church, etc.

Food drives are a great way to make a difference in ending hunger and to give back to your community. Anyone can run a food drive, at any time of year, and no amount is too small.

Are you interested in running a food drive? Check out this handy guide on How to Run A Food Drive, or check out our Most Needed Items List.

Looking to get started on your food drive? We’re happy to help! Let us know about your food drive by emailing Siobhan at sbonisteel@cambridgefoodbank.on.ca or by filling out the form below. We will get in touch with you to arrange drop off or pick up for larger donations.

Healthy Food Choices

We work hard to present the healthiest food options for our community as we can. We welcome you to take a look at this document created by the Region of Waterloo’s Public Health Department: Better Food to Buy.

In this document, you will find an extensive list of non-perishable products that are recommended as healthy options for your donations. Also, don’t forget that we love to receive fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables!

Our Sponsors & Supporters


We are so grateful for the generous support of Cambridge North Rotary for the funding to create this beautiful website. We are honoured by your commitment to our work and our community, and thank you for your ongoing support and generosity. Click here to learn more about Cambridge North Rotary.

This section is currently under development. Please check back to learn more about the generous groups and businesses who support our work, or click here (link to donate page) to learn more about how to become a supporter of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.