Intown runs on volunteers. Our mission is to prevent and reverse homelessness and hunger in our community. Because we rely on the work of over 400 volunteers each year in our programs, we need you. Join us to volunteer and be a part of making your community a better place.
Food Pantry Volunteers
The Intown Food Pantry operates every Saturday out of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church , 1026 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, 30306. Volunteers arrive at 10:30 AM.
- 10:00 a.m. Volunteers arrive and begin preparation
- 10:10 a.m. Volunteer orientation, food sorting and packaging
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Guest Food Pick-up
- 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Clean up
- 1:30 p.m. Departure
Volunteers are needed on Saturday mornings (see details above). Please register here.
The pantry roles are listed below for reference.
- Volunteer Coordinator: One needed each week. Coordinate, Schedule and provide for training for volunteers. Estimated workload: 2-5 hours per month. There are two Volunteer Coordinators.
- Distribution Leader: One needed each Saturday. Responsible for coordination and leadership of all activities onsite during food distribution. Expected work load: 4 hours one Saturday a month.
- Packer: 4 needed each Saturday – Works with the food. Prepare food packages for guest pickup or delivery. Expected work load: 4 hours one Saturday a month.
- Greeter (Welcome): 2 needed each Saturday. Receive and check-in guests who visit pantry. Expected work load: 3 hours one Saturday a month.
- Greeter (Hospitality): 2 needed each Saturday. Prepare coffee, drinks and pastries for our guests on Saturday and be with them as they wait to be interviewed and served.
- Delivery Driver & Delivery Driver Helper: One each needed each Saturday. Deliver food to disabled guests who are not able to come to the shelter. Expected workload 2 hours one Saturday a month.
- Interviewer: 3-4 needed each Saturday. Interview guests at the food pantry to determine needs and foods availability.
- Runner: two needed each Saturday. Presents packed food to guests and answers any questions.
- Younger children (ages 8 and younger) will work in tandem with their parent or trusted adult.
- Children and youth ages 9 – 13 should have a 1:3 adult-to-child ratio with their group.
- Ages 14 and older may work independently, but must stay inside the building until their adult comes to pick them up.
- Teens who can drive themselves should let the security guard know when they are going out to their car.
- We are able to accommodate volunteers who have disabling conditions and will welcome a service dog who is able to lie comfortably under a table (our space can be tight) with its person. Please e-mail Sally ahead of time so we can be sure there is ample space for a wheelchair or other accommodation in the room set-up.
- At the end of distribution, the food director (or volunteer distribution leader) will sign any forms volunteers may need to verify their service hours.
Food Co-op Volunteers
Are you interested in helping build community at our Food Co-ops? Intown is looking for ways to enhance the lives of our Co-op members.
Ideas for seminars and volunteer assistance
- Visiting members during Co-op meetings; many members enjoy visiting with people
- Assisting members by unloading food and bagging it for distribution
- Teaching cooking classes
- Leading a “saving with coupons” seminar
- Conducting nutrition and health seminars
- Leading personal financial management seminars
- Teaching exercise classes
- Heading up field trips
- Transporting food
- Keeping records for a Co-op
- Marketing a Co-op
- Surveying members
- Sharing other activities you enjoy
Intown has combined our clothing closet with Mercy Church, an organization that also runs onsite at Druid Hills Presbyterian. Please contact Mercy Church for updated information on their clothing closet needs and opportunities at https://mercyatl.org/.