Volunteering with Children Guidelines

Families and school groups both enjoy volunteering at Food Lifeline.Hundreds of children volunteer with Food Lifeline each year to help those in need. Our volunteer sessions are fun, rewarding and empowering for all children ages 6 and older. We have these guidelines in place to keep them safe and insure that the projects they work on are successful.

  • Children must be 6 years of age or older to volunteer.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. One adult may accompany more than one child however, we ask for a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children in your group for their safety, food safety and leadership.
  • Groups of children age 6-9 years of age are encouraged to registered for a 2 hour volunteer session, and need to have 1 adult for every 4 children in the group to maintain safety, food safety and leadership requirements.
  • Children under 18 must bring a completed Parent Consent Form to each volunteer session.
  • Groups with children interested in volunteering during the business day (Tues-Friday from 9am-4pm) are limited to 25 volunteers including at least 4-5 adults. Evening and weekend volunteer sessions do not have this group size restriction. A ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children still applies.

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