Food Shelf Volunteers Needed

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CAPI USA



Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


CAPI USA Immigrant Opportunity Center
5930 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Center
United States


CAPI is an immigrant-led, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping Minnesota’s newest refugees and immigrants gain access to jobs, housing, food, health education, and youth and senior social services in order to promote economic independence, self-determination and social equality.

CAPI has the first and only Asian-specific food shelf in the state. Since 1982, CAPI’s food shelf has been supporting the cultural and nutritional needs of approximately 2,000 individuals each month with more than 450,000 pounds of food each year. The food shelf continues to serve immigrants, refugees, and individuals of all backgrounds.

We are looking to build our community of volunteers to improve the sustainability of our food shelf to better serve community members who are food insecure and utilize our services. Volunteers are crucial in supporting our community members to achieve our mission of "guiding refugees and immigrants toward self-determination and social equality."

As a food shelf volunteer, you will be involved in multiple aspects of operating CAPI’s food shelf.

Tasks include:

  • Organizing shelves and fridges
  • Sorting supplies and goods
  • Assist program participants in "shopping"
  • Maintain basic workplace hygiene and safety protocol
  • Assist in performing administrative tasks
  • Other tasks as needed

Desirable skills (but not required):

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to speak a Southeast Asian language (e.g. Hmong or Vietnamese) or African language (e.g. Somali or Oromo)

Available Shifts:

Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

*Please inquire about volunteer shifts outside these hours.

We are flexible in working with volunteers to tailor a volunteering schedule that fits their schedule. We are ideally looking for volunteers that can commit to volunteering for at least 6 volunteer shifts in a 6 month period, but also are willing to work with one-time volunteers.

High school/college students, groups, families, and seniors are a great fit for the volunteer position!


  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please contact Davis at or 612-767-3663 for more information.