One-time/Event Volunteering Opportunities

COVID-19 Volunteer Program update

CEAP continues to depend on a core group of volunteers during this time. Volunteers are assisting in the packing of CEAP Essentials, sorting food rescue, and providing curbside grocery service to participants. We’ve taken extra measures to ensure the wellness and safety of our volunteers, which is our top priority at CEAP. CEAP has increased our sanitation measures, and are requiring all staff and volunteers to wear a mask (provided if you do not have one), wash hands hourly, and maintain social distancing.

If you are interested in volunteering at CEAP, we are currently looking for volunteers for specific days and times! Here are our current volunteer opportunities:

Grocery packing: Monday-Thursday 8:30am to 12:00pm and 12:00-3:30pm.

Curbside grocery pick-up: Monday-Thursday 8:30am to 12:00pm and 12:00-3:30pm.

Food receiving/sorting: Monday-Thursday 8:30am to 12:00pm and 12:00-3:30pm.

Please indicate your interest by sending an email to or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 763-450-3679. We hope to hear from you!

CEAP offers several volunteer options where individuals or smaller groups can simply sign-up online for a particular date and time for volunteering.  Volunteers can then show up at the date and time of the shift and are oriented and trained on the spot for their role.  We know that life can be busy and these opportunities make it easy to contribute towards a thriving community that fits within your schedule!

Want to bring a group of volunteers to an event? Just fill out this form and let us know which opportunities you’re interested in. 

Current Options:

CEAP Market

Join one of these high energy volunteer shifts in CEAP’s Food Market. You’ll help sort produce/donations, stock the shelves, and organize the market to ensure that families are greeted with a beautiful and bountiful space when they arrive.

  • Shifts available Monday-Thursday mornings and afternoons
  • Need a special shift, or want to bring a group?  Contact or 763-450-3679, we are flexible with dates and times!


Fare for All

The Fare For All program (operated by The Food Group) is available at CEAP (7051 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN) on one Thursday of each month from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.  Fare For All is a community supported purchasing program and open to everyone.  The more people who participate, the better the deals on fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meat!  Volunteers are needed to help serve customers accessing Fare For All food packages.  For more information on Fare For All, go to

  • 2020 dates: due to COVID-19, all Fare for All events at CEAP are currently postponed. Check back for updates!


Annual Options not currently available:

Toys of Joy: 

CEAP’s Toys of Joy Program serves more than 2,300 children, from babies to teenagers, in our community each year.  You time and energy help create Santa’s workshop of CEAP where parents are able to come through and shop for gifts for their families.  Join us for an opportunity to spread holiday cheer right here in your community!


Number of volunteers needed: we can work with individuals, families, and groups up to 30 volunteers

Supplies for Success

CEAP partners with families to ensure that every child is prepared for a successful school year. Help your community start their school year off right by volunteering with our Supplies for Success program. Last year, CEAP provided over 2,000 children the school supplies. Volunteers power all aspects of this program – including registering families, packing backpacks and distributing school supplies.

Farm Fresh Fest

Farm Fresh Fest is a celebration of our community and an opportunity for our neighbors to receive fresh, in-season produce in a warm, inviting festival atmosphere.  These free farmer’s market events provide locally grown produce to over 200 households.  Volunteers are critical for setting up and  distributing produce to the community in a welcoming and festive way.

Coat Distribution

Description: We know in Minnesota the cold weather is coming.  CEAP is  giving out warm coats and jackets to community members and we are looking for help to make this distribution a success! Families who are visiting the Food Market will have a chance to receive coats that have been donated to us. We will have all of the coats sorted by age/size in our community room where families will come through to pick out what they need for the this upcoming winter season.