Program Assistant

Program Assistant
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Food Stash Foundation
  • Event Helpers
  • Food: Preparation / Service
  • Volunteer Coordination
Long term (6 months to 1 year)
  • Youth (ages 13-18)
  • Youth (over 18)
  • Families (adults with children)
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver/ Burnaby

Volunteer Job Description: Program Assistant


Location: YVR Prep (5279 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby, BC)


Schedule: 10-12 hours/week (flexible)

Sundays (10AM-2PM) 

Mondays (12PM-4PM)

Tuesdays (12PM-4PM)


Start Date: As soon as possible

This role is perfect for you if you’re looking to get involved, learn about our food system, build on your skills, and make connections and a difference in your community!


About Us

Food Stash Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 with the goal of rescuing surplus food directly from suppliers and redirecting it to households in our community that experience food insecurity, while reducing the environmental impact of food waste. Whether it is through our rescued food box program—delivering weekly food boxes right to the doorsteps of our members—or through our partnerships with other local non-profit food security programs that we deliver to, we are on a mission to bridge the food insecurity gap and bring awareness to how our food choices impact our environment and our health.


The Role

The Program Assistant is responsible for assisting the Program Coordinator with both preparation and implementation of the activities associated with the Rescued Food Box Program. The focus of this position is to assist the Program Coordinator during our main program days which will involve: sorting through all the produce collected throughout the week (Sundays), assembling Rescued Food Boxes, organizing our fridge and freezer space, and ensuring equipment is clean and ready to use before the food boxes go out for delivery (Mondays and Tuesdays). This role will be pivotal to the program as we continue to bring on more families and rescue more food! Join a small, vibrant, and passionate team on a mission to reduce the environmental impact of food waste and bridge the food insecurity gap that exists within our community!


This volunteer position is perfectly suited for someone who is looking to gain new skills and experiences within food, environmental, and sustainability initiatives. 


Skills and abilities required to perform duties: 

  • Self-motivated, passionate, results-oriented and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal 
  • Knowledge of safe food handling and storing practices 
  • Able to follow direction and also take initiative
  • Sound judgement, self-motivated, results-oriented and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a cohesive team 
  • Ability to organize and prioritize a variable workload and competency with handling the pressure of multiple tasks



Under the guidance of the Program Coordinator, the Program Assistant will help facilitate activities related to the Rescued Food Box Program and the following duties:

  • Assist with the Rescued Food Box Program;
    • Help receive incoming food when driver arrives
    • Engage with volunteers and staff during program sessions
    • Communicate with Program Coordinator to assist with operational tasks
    • Assist new volunteers and making them feel part of the Food Stash Team
    • Assist with the cleaning of food box materials, fridge and sorting space
    • Help maintain program outcomes by supporting day to day tasks and activities
    • Assist the Program Coordinator with metric tracking including weighing food boxes or surplus items


If you are interested in this role, we encourage you to send your resume and a brief paragraph about why you are interested to Harry at


A professional letter of reference will be provided upon request once the successful candidate has completed a minimum of 250 volunteer hours.

We look forward to hearing from you!