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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we bring children?  Those working in the pantry and the kitchen must be at least 16 years old and wear close-toed shoes. Children are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
Can we arrive late? If you are late and assignments have already been made, you may be asked to come at another time. Please plan to stay for the duration of the session. 
Can we just show up or do we need to register ahead of time? Food Pantry Groups need to register by emailing volunteer@riverfoodpantry.org and indicate which day/s your group is interested in volunteering, which food pantry session (if volunteering on a Tuesday or Thursday) as well as the number of volunteers.
Can we bring in donations when I volunteer? When you come in to volunteer, we would be happy to take gently used (or new) clothing (in-season only) such as shoes, coats, pants (any kind), shirts (any kind), socks, underwear and any and all sizes including men’s, women’s, baby and children’s. We always have a need for bedding such as pillows, blankets, quilts and throws. Items such as dishes, utensils and any/all misc housewares are a big hit here also for our clients! In addition, we would be grateful for any non-perishable food items.  White rice or rice-type items, canned meat, cereal, juice and ramen are always popular.  Personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, deodorant, toothpaste and diapers are also appreciated. We appreciate monetary donations too.  For every $10 that is donated, we are able to purchase $100 worth of food. We are grateful for any and all donations!

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