Volunteer Opportunities

We would not be able to provide the services we do without the tremendous amount of support that we receive from the community. It allows us to continue to shelter, nourish, and empower people who are homeless and hungry in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Whether you are able to give your time, talent, or resources, you can make an incredible impact in our community!

Food Pantry

Our food pantry in Moorhead is where we have the greatest need for volunteers. We are open Monday through Thursday each week. Food distribution is Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30p – 7:45p and Tuesdays and Thursdays from open 1p – 2:45p. During this time, volunteers help families shop for their food.

We ask that volunteers come 15 minutes early for a brief orientation before we open and plan to stay up to 15 minutes after we close. You can choose whatever day works best for you; however, we do prefer that you call ahead of time so we can add you to the schedule. It is important that we know how many volunteers we have each night.  

We also need help with the following: stocking shelves, sorting/organizing food donations, light cleaning, and yard work. Hours for this are flexible.

Please contact the Office Administrator for the Dorothy Day Food Pantry, at 218-284-8895 or fpvolunteer@fmddh.org to schedule a time that works best for you.



At our shelter, we serve a hot meal at 6p 7 days a week. Families, churches, school groups, or other volunteers bring the meal.

Please plan for 17 people plus yourselves. Due to limited space, we can have a maximum of 4-5 volunteers here at a time. You are welcome to cook the meal at the shelter (we have pots/pans and a stove/oven) or prepare it in a commercial kitchen (many churches have them) and drop it off.

You are also welcome to eat with us which is always an enjoyable experience for all involved!

If this doesn’t work for you, other options include:

    • Getting a group together at a commercial kitchen offsite (i.e. a church) and preparing a meal that we can freeze and serve at a later date.
    • Bringing a bag of groceries with a recipe for the staff/guests to prepare a meal.
  • Making a donation to our meal fund.

For this opportunity, you can contact shelter staff at 218-233-5763. Please read this letter for more information. All volunteers are required to read our volunteer policies and sign a confidentiality agreement when they come to volunteer.