Margaret Fuller House Food Pantry Volunteer



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


The Margaret Fuller House Food Pantry
71 Cherry Street
United States


About the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH):

MFNH was founded in 1902 as a settlement house to provide services to help immigrants assimilate into American culture. The settlement movement was a reformist social movement that began in the 1880s in England and the United States with the goal of getting the rich and poor to live more closely together in an interdependent community.   Located in the historic birthplace and residence of celebrated feminist, author, and transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller, the house has stood as a beacon of hope and acceptance for thousands of Cambridge and Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents for more than 100 years. During the period when MFNH was founded, millions of European people immigrated to the United States – more than 12 million between 1890 and 1910. For more than a century, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH) has worked with generations of families from The Port, one of the most diverse communities in Cambridge. Today MFNH serves as a critical resource for more than 4,000 people a year. We provide support and services to some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in Cambridge and beyond—all from our historic home on Cherry Street.

The Opportunity:

A wonderful opportunity for you to help those in need living in and around the Cambridge Community by assisting our Food Pantry Manager.

Position: Food Pantry Volunteer

Time Commitment: Once per week, Weekdays or Weekend, 6 – 12-month commitment

Days and Hours:

Wednesday:        5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Thursday:            2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Friday:                  9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday:             9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: The Margaret Fuller House 71 Cherry Street Cambridge Mas 02139

Role Purpose: Contributing to our emergency food relief service, volunteers assist Food Pantry participants as they access and select food products for at-home meals. By providing a range of fresh fruit, vegetables, dry foods and dairy products, the service aims to alleviate the pressures of accessing healthy food for clients within Margaret Fuller House Programs and the sounding communities. The Food Pantry Volunteers assist with the day to day running of the emergency food relief service; ensuring a welcoming, well stocked and hygienic food pantry. Some Food Pantry Volunteers also assist with the collection of food from local donation organizations.

Role responsibilities:

·       Assist Food Pantry participants to select food products to take home

·       Keep food pantry clean, organized, tidy and safe

·       Monitor food product ‘used by dates’, ‘best before dates’ and refrigeration temperatures

·       Record data regarding clients accessing the food pantry

·       Work as part of a friendly team of staff and volunteers

·       Ensure that Margaret Fuller staff are informed of any issues or changes of availability in a timely manner

·       Commit to volunteering with the program at least once a week for a minimum of 6 months Knowledge,


  • Training Provided


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Skills and experience:

·       An interest in / or currently studying Community Services, Social Work, Welfare Work or Health Promotion

·       Interest in working with people from a range of cultural backgrounds

·       A friendly, non-judgmental approach

·       Comfortable interacting with people who may have limited English

·       Able to work collaboratively as part of a team

·       Be organized, follow processes and keep client information private

·       Willingness to learn and build experience

·       Attend Margaret Fuller Volunteer Induction, Program Training and ongoing training as required

·       Attend occasional Food Pantry Volunteer meetings


·       Great communication skills and personable demeanor

·       Must be able to stand, walk, bend and lift 40 lbs.

·       Must be able to read and write English

·       Must take A National Criminal History Check prior to commencement and renewed every three years (the Margaret Fuller House will arrange this)