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:

Community Pantry Attendant

We are seeking 1 volunteer to help in our Pantry room. The volunteer will assist participants in getting their food basket, stock shelves, place warehouse orders when stock is low and general upkeep. This is a weekly opportunity needed on the following days:

  • Tuesdays from 12pm – 4:30pm – permanent
  • Wednesdays from 12pm-4:30pm – immediately – June 5
  • Wednesdays from 12pm-4:30pm – temporary from April 3 – April 24
  • Fridays from 12-4:30pm – temporary from March 29- may 8

Volunteer Driver

We are seeking a volunteer driver who can drive our cargo van. The volunteer will pick up food donations from local grocery stores and businesses/ groups hosting food drives. The volunteer must be over 25 yrs of age, have a clean drivers abstract as well as the ability to lift 50+lbs. We are looking for someone Monday – Friday 9am-1230pm. Please contact Tara for more information.

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 – 4pm, Wednesdays from 930am-12pm and Thursdays from 3pm-630pm.

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.

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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.