Due to COVID-19, we are only accepting volunteers who are ages 16 and over. We strongly encourage those with underlying health conditions and those over age 65 to continue to refrain from volunteering at this time to protect your own health.

To volunteer please fill out our volunteer application here. We'll contact you within 3 business days to get started.

Volunteer as an Individual

The Market

There are lots of opportunities for serving at the Arlington EATS Market. Volunteers are needed to unload the delivery truck, pack bags, deliver food, and process donations. Please note that volunteers need to be high school age or older to help with deliveries or food distribution. Some hHeavy lifting may be required. All Market shifts currently take place at Saint John’s Church, 74 Pleasant Street (Office entrance).

Unload Delivery from Greater Boston Food Bank: Every Monday of the month from 9-11am
Pack Bags with Customized Food Orders: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9-12pm
Delivery Drivers: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12 - 2pm-1:30/2
Process Community Donations Processing: Tuesday 1-4pm

Snack Preparation

Arlington EATS makes snacks available for any student who is hungry during the school day. Snack preparation includes: packing school approved snacks as well as fruit washing and transporting. These projects are carried out in specific settings. Please contact Jane at jbiondi@arlingtoneats.org to find out how you can help or contact the Snack Ambassador at your child’s school.

Vacation Week and Summer Lunch Programs

School vacations can be stressful for households who count on school meals to keep their kids fed. From serving food on the buffet line to restocking supplies, setting up the beverage center to taking out the trash, we need lots of help to make our February, April and Summer Vacation Lunches run smoothly. Check back for volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer as a Group

  • Host a food drive at your school or place of work. These are the items we most frequently need.
  • Host a lemonade stand/car wash/crowdfunding campaign and we’ll find something great for you to sponsor. Email us for promotional help with your fundraiser!
  • Ask for donations in place of gifts for a birthday party. A great way to do this is by creating a fundraiser on Facebook to benefit Arlington EATS.
  •  Attend one of our snack-packing trainings and find out how you can pack snacks when and where it is convenient for you! For information on upcoming snack packing trainings, sign up for our mailing list. (Snack-packing trainings are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.)

Organize a Neighborhood Food Drive!

Want to make a bigger impact by engaging your community in regular food drives? Follow the lead of Good Teel and Kelwyn Cares and organize your neighbors! Here is an easy guide to getting started!

  • Volunteer or Donate

    Unfortunately, hunger is part of life in Arlington. Arlington EATS relies upon people like you to ensure there is food for all Arlington residents. Donate food Donate money Volunteer