Volunteer age requirements
Please follow this student-to-adult ratio when registering to volunteer:
- For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 are not allowed in our packing area (sorry, no exceptions)
- Grades K-2: 1 student to 1 adult*
- Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
- Grades 7-9: 4 students to 1 adult
- Grades 10-12: 5 students to 1 adult
High school groups
At least half of the required chaperones must be non-student adults (teachers, advisors or parents). If needed, a few 18-year-olds will be allowed to fill in as chaperones.
Please Note: Everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (an adult is someone 18 years of age or older).
*We recommend that groups of youth be third grade or older.
FMSC staff members reserve the right to amend volunteer scheduling.
To comply with FDA requirements and remove all opportunity for foreign objects to fall into our life-saving meals (which could cause choking, tooth breakage and more), FMSC volunteers must remove all jewelry and/or accessories before packing.
- No jewelry is permitted in the packing room, labeling areas, Warehouse Crew area or when inspecting raw ingredients.
- Prohibited jewelry includes earrings, watches, rings, necklaces, pins, brooches, etc.
- Wedding bands are permitted. However, if your band has a stone, you will be required to wear a glove.
- Facial piercings, gauges and new earrings that lock in the back are permitted (please inform a team leader).
- Medical alert bracelets and necklaces may be worn.
Will there be a safe place for me to put my jewelry at FMSC?
No, please leave your jewelry at home. FMSC is not responsible for the safekeeping of any volunteer’s jewelry, and we do not provide a storage area.
Can I put my jewelry in my pocket?
No, please do not place loose jewelry into your pockets. However, FMSC will provide a plastic, zipped bag for your jewelry, which you can then place into your pocket.
I’ve volunteered at FMSC in the past and was allowed to wear jewelry, why can’t I do that anymore?
In order to comply with FDA standards for food manufacturing plants, FMSC was required to change the jewelry policy. The quality of our food is very important to us—this updated policy will help to insure that foreign objects will not contaminate our food.
If my earrings will be covered by the hairnet FMSC makes me wear, can I leave them in?
No, you still must remove your earrings.