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Food Rescue Volunteers

Role: Food Rescue Volunteers

Where: Food Business operators | Local retail outlets | COPE Galway Services

When: 1-2 hours per week (flexible to cover evening absences)

Vision and Mission

COPE Galway believes in the principle of every person having a home which meets their needs. In association with the local community, we support people to live independently and safely in their own homes and neighbourhoods, thereby reducing isolation. We believe in the power of community, both to create a welcome and supportive living environment for its people, and we believe communities have a very important role in assisting us with our mission. Volunteering is one very important way in which our community can help us in our work.

Volunteer Role Description:

We are looking for two Food Rescue Volunteers to help recover surplus food from donating business and redistributes to COPE Galway services.

Responsible to: Executive Chef / Supervisor on duty

Main tasks:
  • Assist with unloading Van and sorting donations
  • Heavy lifting required
  • Friendly, enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to demonstrate respect to the staff of participating businesses and COPE Galway  service users
Person specification:
  • Driver must have a full clean driving licence
  • Good standard of hygiene and food safety and personal hygiene
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to develop, foster and maintain positive relations with colleagues and other agencies
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Ability to respond in a professional manner to challenging and stressful situations
  • Planning and organisational skills – Ability to be organised in approach to work, to follow through with tasks
  • A commitment to principles of diversity and inclusion

Special requirement for evening shift: Own car required

Induction and Training
  • The volunteer will receive induction training prior to starting the role.
  • Food safety guidance will be provided in accordance with HACCP (food safety management system).
  • In-house training will be provided commensurate with the role.
  • The volunteer will be supervised by the designated person on duty
  • Training will be available as appropriate for the role.
Support and Supervision:

The volunteer will be supervised by the Executive chef or designated person on duty.

  • The opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of the individuals and families at risk of food poverty.
  • The opportunity to gain practical experience in this volunteer role
  • The opportunity to contribute to a local Galway charity and help us in our work
  • The volunteer agrees to fulfil the role as outlined in the volunteer role description
  • The volunteer agrees to abide by Cope Galway’s Policies and Procedures
Recruitment process:
  • Submit an application for the role
  • Screening – once the application form is received and the applicant is considered a suitable match for the role, the applicant will be invited to an Interview
  • The interview will take place in the relevant service. Successful applicants will be offered the volunteer role subject to 2 Reference Checks from Irish referees and Garda Vetting
  • Induction and Orientation will be provided prior to commencement
  • Trial period – volunteers commencing with COPE Galway are subject to a trial period


How to Apply

1. Download and complete the Volunteer Application Form.

Download Volunteer Application Form

2. Submit your completed Volunteer Application Form. You can send your completed form to our volunteer team by email, post or submitting online.

  • Email: volunteer@copegalway.ie
  • Post: Volunteer Co-ordinator, COPE Galway, Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway.


Online: Submit your application using the form below.
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