Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Grocery Run Assistants

This volunteer opportunity is organized through our campus and community partners: the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth and Families (CUP) and the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative (MCHB).

Did you know some children in the City of Edmonton do not eat for a whole day because their families do not have enough money to buy food? U of A research found:

  • 94% of migrant women are food insecure (do not have enough food due to lack of money)
  • 53% of migrant women are severely food insecure (have disrupted eating and reduced food intake)
  • 85% of migrant families do not have enough money to eat balanced meals (living off food bank staples such as pasta and sauce)
  • 39% of migrant women cut meal sizes or skip meals (go without so their family can eat)
  • 31% of migrant women report that their children were “not eating for a whole day because there wasn’t enough money for food”

Through a partnership between the University of Alberta's ENRICH Research Program and the MCHB, the Grocery Run Program connects immigrant and refugee women with rescued, healthy food every week. Foods are donated regularly from the Little Potato Company and COBS Bread Crestwood, with occasional donors including the Lady Flower Gardens, Organic Box, Crust Craft Breads, the ENRICH Project a the University of Alberta, Prairie Urban Farms and individual community members.

A group of volunteer U of A alumni pick up the rescued food, bag it, and distribute it to an average of 95 families each week.

Benefits for you:

  • Have a tangible impact on the Edmonton immigrant and refugee community
  • Gain experience and knowledge in food security programs within Edmonton
  • Work alongside support services for newcomers and migrant communities
  • Access to our volunteer perks, which include Bookstore Bucks, free tickets to select alumni events, volunteer socials and professional development opportunities


  • Interest in working with immigrant and refugee support services
  • Be reliable, patient and able to follow instructions
  • Cultural sensitivity is of the utmost importance
  • Food safety handling is an asset

Key Responsibilities:

  • We are asking volunteers to commit to volunteering on a regular basis (this is not a one-time volunteer opportunity). You will not need to volunteer every week, but should be willing to complete at least 1-2 shifts a month.
  • Help with the bagging and distribution of food on Thursday mornings.

Shift Dates and Times:

Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Edmonton Intercultural Centre
9538 107 Ave (map)

We are currently at capacity for volunteers, but expect to need more in the future.  Please email us to be added to the waiting list.

Vanessa Welz
Volunteer Coordinator
Office of Alumni Relations