Behind the scenes at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a group of 18 incredibly special volunteers who assist nearly 11,000 other volunteers throughout each year. Each of these volunteers averages over 1,000 hours annually in our warehouse sorting and repacking food which we then distribute to more than 100-member agencies throughout our 11-parish service area.

These 18 men and women serve as volunteer leaders and are part of our “Hope Builders” team, a meaningful designation for those who give 1,000 hours or more of their time to help us to “build hope” for our neighbors in need. No matter what challenges we face, be it hurricanes or a pandemic, they continue to serve and support our mission with fierce determination and huge hearts. Our Hope Builders show up, for us and our community, day in and day out.

This vital support team not only works consistent 4-hour shifts but also assists the staff Repack Captain who supervises the operations of packing boxes by volunteers, takes the lead in answering questions, and ensures food is packaged for the needs of member agencies. They inspire others to return by making the volunteer experience a positive one for all.

Hope Builders serve alongside individuals of all abilities with patience, kindness, and gentleness, helping all valued volunteers’ success in the tasks assigned to them. This provides an amazing opportunity for young people to learn new employment skills that will help lead to a successful future!

Recently, Hope Builders were recognized at the state level by Lieutenant Governor Bill Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana with the 2022 Service of Champions Award. This annual award recognizes and celebrates outstanding volunteers from across the
state of Louisiana.

Our Hope Builders have become an integral and well-loved part of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank family. Their passion and commitment for our mission drive us all to be better for the entire community that we serve. We thank these leaders and all the volunteers who have given of their time to support our mission.

To register a group or individual volunteers, please visit our volunteer opportunity calendar.