About Us


BCFS is seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator

It will be hard to fill the shoes of our outgoing (and first-ever) Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Fairchild, but we know that the right candidate is out there. Are you a “people person” with a heart for service? Do you have at least a year of supervisory experience? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteer Coordinator

Posting date: 11/26/2018

Open until filled

Position Overview

Help serve Bemidji area families who are experiencing food insecurity by training, coordinating, and supervising the volunteers who perform direct service and recruiting new volunteers from the community. Encourage retention through ongoing support and recognition.


20 hrs/wk for 52 weeks

M,T,W, and F, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

$14/hr ($14,560/year)

Reports To

The Executive Director

Qualifications and Skills

  • Comfortable with computers including data entry, Microsoft Office Suite, social media,
  • Customer service experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Comfortable with diverse populations
  • Detail oriented and organized, able to prioritize
  • Flexibility in moving from task to task


Bemidji Community Food Shelf

1260 Exchange Ave SE

Bemidji, MN 56601

Contact: Mary Mitchell, 218-444-6580 or bcfs@paulbunyan.net

This organization is an equal opportunity provider and employer


Mission Statement
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a faith-based, caring place that listens to those who are experiencing food insecurity. We work with our partners to be inclusive and to provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District.

Organization history
The Bemidji Food Shelf (BCFS) is a nonprofit (IRS Reg. 501c3) organization founded during the summer of 1982. Realizing that the need for food was greater than any one church could handle, a group of twelve churches joined hands. The food shelf now has 17 member churches and serves approximately 3,000 families at a large facility in the Industrial Park, distributing over 700,000 pounds of food per year. We purchase just over half our food, and partner with area stores for donations for the remainder. We have a full time director and four part-time staff, and over 700 volunteers from the community.

BCFS in the news:

PRX Northern Community Radio

Lakeland PBS Insight

KBXE Morning Show

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month.  Everyone is welcome.  Call BCFS at 218-444-6580 for more information.

Executive Board and Advisory Committee
The Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Coordinator meets monthly with the Advisory Committee. If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Committee, please contact Mary at BCFS, 218-444-6580.

Need a Speaker?
A member of the BCFS Executive Board will attend a meeting at your church, organization, business or club to provide useful information and answer any questions you might have about the Food Shelf. Just call (218) 444-6580 or email (bcfs@paulbunyan.net) to arrange a time.