Three of the red apron volunteers at the South Portland Food Cupboard
Some of our Volunteers

Individuals: To insure that all volunteers are oriented to our mission and safety operations, all on-site volunteers must complete a volunteer application and go through volunteer training. Contact us for more information on our current volunteer needs or download an application below.

Groups: Our facility is large enough to welcome groups of volunteers, but we also encourage your support in other ways:

  • Organize a food drive: Our shelves are always in need of non-perishables. See our wish list for specific needs.
    Contact us at 874-0379 or by email FoodCupboard@maine.rr.com  to arrange drop off of collected items.
  • Organize a fundraiser: Monetary donations are always needed to help keep the pantry well stocked. We spend over $2000 per week to restock our staples and to ensure that everyone goes home with nutritious meals that include milk, meat, eggs, juice and fresh vegetables. A fundraiser could be as big as a marathon or as simple as a collection box. One local business supports us each month by sponsoring a “jeans day” where employees pay a fee to wear jeans to work. We love their creativity!

Help us with a special project: Special projects are a great opportunity for scout troops. Contact us to discuss our current needs.  FoodCupboard@maine.rr.com.

                                       Our Motto for our Volunteers is, “Come when you can; leave when you need.”

Volunteer Application and Sign-Up

Click on this link to print and mail a Volunteer Application form:


Week at a Glance

We are grateful for your interest. Volunteers are the backbone of our efforts and are trusted to handle a variety of tasks. We always look for people who are dependable, kind, cheerful, flexible about job assignments, early risers, physically-strong (to a certain degree) and willing to work with us to serve our diverse clients who are dealing with food insecurities.   A personal interview is a part of this process, and training is provided.

We do Food Rescue 7 Days each week – Monday through Sunday.

Most of our Volunteer Hours are Monday – Friday – 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Reduced Hours on Saturday and Sunday – 7:00 am – 9:00 am

This is what a typical week looks like:

Monday:  Pickup, Processing and Facility Cleaning.  Food Delivery to local Boys and Girl’s Club.

Tuesday: Pickup, Processing, Food Distribution 10:30 am – Noon.  Recipients may come each and every Tuesday.  We also deliver food to HUB in Brick Hill – Red Bank.

Wednesday: Pickup, Processing, and Set-Up for Food Distribution(s)

Food Distribution 1st Wednesday Evening of each Month – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
For people who work or go to school, making it impossible to come Thursday

Food Delivery 2nd Wednesday Morning of each Month

Thursday: Pickup, Processing, Food Distribution (8:30 am – 11:00 am)

Friday: Pickup, Processing.

Saturday: Pickup, Processing.

Sunday: Pickup, Put Food Away

*Van Drivers and Helpers should be prepared to leave the SPFC by 7:00 am.