Volunteering with Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread could not operate were it not for the generous contribution of time and talent given so faithfully by volunteers. Be it food and meal preparation, local food pickups, program coordination services or whatever the need or occurrence, there are people willing to serve. Along with a full time executive director and four part time employees, it takes an average of 37 volunteers a day for Our Daily Bread to operate and continue its mission. Volunteers also serve on the Our Daily Bread advisory board, work on various advisory board committees and are active in fundraising and promotional events. In the past year more than 22,963 hours have been donated by 786 volunteers at 7996 shifts and events.
Peruse the volunteer requirements and opportunities below. If a volunteer activity of your choice or skill set is not listed, let us know how you believe your talents and/or expertise could help us.
Getting Started as a Volunteer
1. Read the Volunteer page and FAQ before registering and scheduling your hours.
2. Register using the “Volunteer Log-in” hyper link to the right
3. Once registered, login and select the opportunity that best fits your schedule from the
4. Please attend a general orientation on the day you volunteer or as soon as you are able.
5. Come in and Volunteer! NOTE: You must stay the entire shift, please make sure your schedule
allows you to stay before signing up.
Continuing as a Volunteer
Simply log in and sign up per your schedule as often as you would like.
Watch Facebook to learn of new or one-time volunteer needs.
Volunteers must be age 16 and above.
Due to space limitations in our facility, volunteer opportunities for groups are only available one Saturday a month for Snack Pack preparation. Group volunteer opportunities for special events will be posted when scheduled.
Community Service Policy
- We DO NOT certify or otherwise sign off on court appointed community service hours.
- Service-hour forms for education purposes will be signed after assigned tasks are completed.
Health Code Requirements
- Long hair should be pulled back off the face or a hairnet must be worn.
- Facial hair must be neatly trimmed.
- Volunteers must wear gloves when assisting with food preparation, food service, utensil preparation and food tray disposal.
- Volunteers must wash hands between tasks.
- Volunteers may eat in an assigned area at the discretion of the Chef.
- Volunteers may not work in the kitchen if they are ill.
- Volunteers must wear clean, comfortable clothing.
- Closed-toed shoes are required.
- Short shorts and tube tops are not permitted.
- Aprons are provided.
- No dangly jewelry on the wrists or neck is allowed.
- Cell phone usage is not permitted in the kitchen. If there is an emergency, notify the Chef and step out of the kitchen to take the call.
Note to new volunteers: Register and sign up for volunteer shifts at www.closerware.com
Kitchen Support, Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kitchen support includes food preparation, service, and cleanup under supervision of the Chef or Assistant Chef. Duties may include chopping and general food preparation, as well as serving meals, drinks, and desserts.
Please be prepared to stay the entire shift.
Kitchen Dishwashing Support, Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sparkling trays and clean silverware make a good impression on anyone sitting down to enjoy a meal. A clean table setting suggests that good service and wholesome food are important to the establishment.
Join the team responsible for providing clean tableware by volunteering to work on the dishwashing line. Dishwashers must meet the following requirements:
Be strong enough to lift commercial size pots and pans
Have enough stamina to stand or bend for several hours
Be able to transport up to 35 pounds
Working in the dishwashing area might also include loading and unloading trays, silverware and cookware from the sanitizer and returning them to their proper places.
Hygiene Distribution, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Volunteers will hand out hygiene items to our clients. Duties include managing, tracking, and distributing. Great shift for those who only have a short amount of time or who would like to sign up for more than one opportunity.
Volunteer Check-In, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Pantry Management, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pantry management includes storing and stocking donated food under supervision of the Pantry Manager. This opportunity is for the person who enjoys keeping things neat and tidy. Sort food inventory on shelves and in the walk-in fridge and freezer. Volunteers must be able to lift at least 35 punds.
Walmart/Target Receiving Inventory, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Volunteers looking for opportunities to work fewer hours would enjoy this job. Tasks include unloading, sorting, and shelving food donations received from Walmart and Target. Volunteers must be able to lift at least 35 pounds.
Walmart/Target Food Pickup, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join our "Team Walmart" drivers to transport food donations from the Hickory Creek Walmart (at Swisher and I35) and Target (5959 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound. Drivers must meet these requirements:
Own a pickup or SUV
Able to lift 50 pounds
Available one day a week or twice monthly
Farmers Market, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Volunteers oversee our "market" as clients are able to come and pick from our extra items.
Daily Food Pickups
Every day ODB receives donations from generous community business. We need volunteers to pick up the food from the provider and bring it to Our Daily Bread. Drivers may need to lift up to 25-30 pounds. Drivers should have reliable transportation and a backseat or trunk area to haul the donations. It is a good idea to carry a few plastic tubs to keep your car safe from spillage. Pick ups begin around 8:30 am and should arrive at Our Daily Bread by 10:00 am. Specific details for each day are given on our online calendar.
Program Coordinator, Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Program Coordinator duties may include assisting with bus passes, job applications, distribution of hygiene items, mail distribution, and more! Look into this opportunity if you would like to work directly with our clients and can commit to serving in this capacity once a week.
Snack Pack Preparation
We ask for 10 volunteers to join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month to prepare snack packs that will be handed out each Friday to those who do not have access to a traditional kitchen.
To volunteer, please click here.