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How can you get involved with Canterbury Food Bank?
Canterbury Food Bank relies on the generosity of volunteers from the local community to maintain the service it provides. Whatever your availability or ability, there is a place for you to help. Check our Volunteering page for specific volunteer vacancies.

Click here to download a Volunteer Application Form. Click here for contact details for return of form.
There may be times when food needs to be collected from our warehouse and delivered to a distribution venue, or collected from donation locations and brought back to the warehouse for sorting. On supermarket collection days, food needs to be brought back to our warehouse at various times during the day. You do not need to have a huge car/van, just some spare boot space!


Packers and sorters
Canterbury Food Bank’s warehouse is open on a Monday morning from 10am to 11.00am for deliveries of donated food. Food then needs to be sorted into categories and use-by dates, and then packed into three-day emergency parcels.


Supermarket collection days
These take place at various times during the year. Volunteers hand out shopping lists to shoppers describing the food we need, and ask people to kindly put one or more extra items in their trolley. These days usually require volunteers for a three-hour shift.

Please get in touch if you would like to help collect on any of those days.

Distribution centres
Food is handed out at weekly sessions in Canterbury and Herne Bay. Volunteers are needed to hand out food parcels, document details of people receiving food, chat, serve refreshments and possibly signpost individuals to other local services. This project is keen to involve volunteers from all walks of life, faiths and cultures.

Take one of our yellow collecting bins into your school and ask people to bring in a food donation. Donate some or all of your harvest festival collection to Canterbury Food Bank. Have a non-uniform day to raise funds, or ask children to bring in one can of food. One of our team can come and talk at your school assembly or harvest festival. Click here to request a collecting bin or to contact us.

Canterbury Food Bank relies on food and monetary donations to ensure we can meet the growing demands of our community.

As our service grows, we will need help with administration, record keeping, finances, etc.

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