Volunteer Opportunities


Bountiful Basket relies on the generosity of over 140 regularly scheduled volunteers to operate and care for our neighbors facing food insecurity. We are incredibly grateful for our volunteer’s support!

The need for additional volunteers fluctuates throughout the year:

Chaska: At this moment, all volunteer shifts are currently full. This is subject to change at any moment. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out an application our Program Manager will get back to with further instructions and potential timeline.

Cologne: Still accepting new volunteers.

    Regular/Weekly On-Site Volunteer Opportunities:
    Regular on-site volunteers must be at least 15 years-old.
    Most positions require the ability to lift at least 25 pounds.
    We ask volunteers to commit to, at a minimum, one regularly scheduled shift per week.
    Volunteer shifts range between 3 – 4 hours.


    • Front Desk Receptionist – Greet shoppers, answer phones and schedule appointments.
    • Client Assistance – Assist and be a friendly presence to individuals as they shop at Bountiful Basket. Great way to meet shoppers as well as fellow volunteers.
    • Mobile Deliveries – Pack and deliver food, for up to three to families, in areas of either Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria.
    • Mobile Food Packing – Help pack mobile food orders. Deliveries made the first and third Tuesday of each month to community residents as well as the second Wednesday of each month to senior apartment buildings.
    • Warehouse/Shelf Stocking – Sort and organize incoming donations. Ensure that food shelf shelves remain fully stocked. Break down cardboard boxes and bring to recycling bin.
    • Food Rescue – Pick up donated food from local grocery stores in Chaska and Chanhassen. Light lifting required.


      To sign up to be a regular Bountiful Basket Food Shelf volunteer, please fill out an application here. Once we receive your application, a staff member will get in touch with you to set up an orientation and get you scheduled!

      Questions? Contact volunteer@bountifulbasketfoodshelf.org

      Current One-Time Volunteer Opportunities:
      (Please read each event description for age and any other guidelines.)
      No current one-time opportunities. Please check back.

      • Questions? Contact patti@bountifulbasketfoodshelf.org

        Children and Volunteering:
        We understand there are many families with young children, youth groups, sporting teams, clubs, etc. that would like to get their kids involved. While we would love to have them onsite, due to liability and workflow, all regular volunteers must be fifteen or older. The following are some fun and impactful ways to get younger kids involved, get some hands on experience and receive a tour of the food shelf.

        • Organize a food and/or fund drive at your place of work, congregation, school, etc. Schedule a time, off-hours, to bring your donation. Your group can help sort all items, fill the shelves and receive a tour.

        • Host a “Birthday Bag Making Party.” Invite your friends over and make birthday bags! Each bag should contain a cute birthday bag, cake mix, frosting, candles, plates, napkins and a small toy. Schedule a time, off-hours, to bring in your donation and enjoy a group tour.
        • Questions? Contact patti@bountifulbasketfoodshelf.org

          “Volunteering not only helps those who are in need of food assistance but it also goes a long way in making you feel good about yourself for being kind and giving back.”

          Volunteer by filling out an online volunteer application here.

          Bountiful Basket Food Shelf
          – Chaska Location
          1600 Bavaria Road
          Chaska, MN.  55318


          Bountiful Basket Food Shelf
          - Cologne Location
          (at St. Bernard's Catholic School)
          300 Church St. E
          Cologne, MN.  55322


          Chaska Hours

          Monday – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

          Tuesday – 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

          Wednesday – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

          Thursday – 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

          Friday – 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

          1st & 3rd Saturday of each month 9 am – Noon


          Cologne Hours

          Mondays - 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

          Thursday – 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

          Friday – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

          Donated food may be dropped off at the Bountiful Basket during all open hours.

          Note: Cologne phone is answered during all Chaska & Cologne operating hours.