Volunteer Your Time

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Volunteers and clients at a back-to-school event in Gardere

We would love for you to volunteer at The Shepherd’s Market food pantry in Baton Rouge. We are 100% volunteer-run. Please come on any pantry day or Food Bank delivery day (check our calendar). There is no need to sign up in advance. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome and encouraged to serve. Our volunteers make it possible to serve the hungry with dignity and respect.

Every December we host The Great Turkey Giveaway. We’ll need lots of volunteers for this wonderful annual event.

The following volunteer positions are available:

Delivery Assistants – help unload Food Bank and food drive deliveries every Monday AND every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 9 a.m.

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Natalie Cooper talking up the pantry at school open house, August 2017

Stockers – help restock shelves every Monday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Produce Pick-up – help pick up produce from the Food Bank on Choctaw Drive every Monday at 8 a.m. Food donations and produce are also picked up on Wednesday afternoons. If needed our pantry pick-up truck is available.

In-Take Volunteers – help greet clients and/or complete client application process. Help is needed every Monday 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pantry Assistants – Help by spending one-on-one time with clients and assist with their food selection in the pantry. Assistance is needed every Monday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Shopping Assistants – Help with inventorying available pantry food and assist with shopping for supplemental food purchases at local grocery stores.

Computer Lab Assistants – Help clients with online job searches and applications, food stamp applications, online class work, and basic computer skills. The computer lab is open during every pantry shift.

Shepherd’s Market Volunteers – Click to see more photos

Thank You to Our Dedicated Volunteers

Thank you to L’Auberge volunteers who helped re-package foods, stock shelves and made a large monetary donation to The Shepherd’s Market in August 2015.

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Thank you to Capital One for volunteering on Tuesday and Thursday of the first week in October 2014. Their volunteers provided breakfast for the clients on both days, and Capital One awarded the pantry a $1,000 grant. In May 2015, Capital One volunteers helped prepare three meals. THANK YOU!

Capital One Volunteers, May 2015

Capital One Volunteers, May 2015

The University Lab School does a year-long food drive for The Shepherd’s Market. Thank you!

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Students from Trinity Episcopal Day School help with a Food Bank delivery in March 2015.

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Students from Trinity Episcopal Day School help with a Food Bank delivery in March 2015.

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Students from Trinity Episcopal Day School help with a Food Bank delivery in March 2015.

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Students from Trinity Episcopal Day School help with a Food Bank delivery in March 2015.

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Students from Trinity Episcopal Day School help with a Food Bank delivery in March 2015.

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A volunteer stocks the shelves

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Volunteers of all ages

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Volunteer-client love

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Weighing a client’s food

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Volunteers prepare meals for clients to eat while they wait.

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Awesome apron worn by volunteers

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Intake process

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Intake volunteers

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Volunteers prepare grocery bags

Announcements and prayer before each pantry shift

Announcements and prayer before each pantry shift

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University High School seniors

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University High School seniors

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University High School seniors

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University High School seniors