Warehouse Associate/Forklift Operator

  • Social Justice
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Accountability
  • Excellence

Mission: To transform lives in the communities we serve by feeding the hungry, addressing food insecurity and building a healthy and hopeful hunger-free tomorrow.

Work. Serve. Thrive.

Imagine a place where your talent makes a meaningful difference in peoples' lives. Working at Harvest Hope Food Bank is a uniquely rewarding experience in which our employees work together as vital parts of a much larger mission—ending hunger. We are a nonprofit that is innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, and values-driven.

As the state’s largest hunger-relief organization serving 20 counties in South Carolina, we source and distribute 30 million pounds of food each year. With locations in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate, our mission is to build a hunger-free tomorrow by feeding our neighbors in need and addressing food insecurity. Through a network of almost 400 partner agencies, we are actively working in all of our communities to end hunger.

Position Overview

The Warehouse Associate is responsible for loading and unloading product throughout the warehouse. The associate is responsible for following all processes to properly store product using effective warehousing and inventory management principles to ensure the safe handling of all product.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Moves product in and out of warehouse safely and accurately using established HHFB inventory processes and procedures.
  • Verifies product received against receiving documents and timely reports any discrepancies and damage.
  • Ensures a FEFO (first expired, first out) system is used for inventory.
  • Assists in facilitating monthly inventory, counting and reconciliation.
  • Keeps warehouse clean and sanitized and conducts cleaning activities according to schedule.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • One year of warehouse and forklift experience preferred.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good math skills with demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Ability to work steadily and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Able to operate forklift, pallet jack, and other standard warehouse equipment.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds in a labor-intensive environment.
  • Working knowledge of basic principles of inventory management and ability to use scan guns and inventory software.
  • Ability to engage and direct volunteers.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the tasks outlined in this job description.

This position is primarily set in a warehouse environment with varying temperatures, including freezers and outdoor weather conditions. The position is regularly required to sit, stand, bend, twist, carry and lift objects up to 30 to 50 pounds. With forklift traffic in the facility and product stacked and stored throughout, this position requires someone who is mobile and who can hear and watch for traffic and normal hazards of a warehouse environment. Occasionally, this role is required to respond to organizational needs outside of normal working hours. The position is labor intensive and requires a fast pace.

Harvest Hope Food Bank is an equal opportunity employer and embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job and the general nature and level of work associated with the position. It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties whose performance may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments the individual may be given. This position description does not constitute an employment agreement or contract.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Warehouse experience: 1 year (Required)

Work Location: One location

Columbia, SC 29228, US
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