How to Get Started as a Volunteer
- Contact your local food bank. Your local food bank will let you know if they are accepting volunteers and how volunteers can be most helpful. They will tell you how to sign up, the schedule, and if an orientation is required.
- Decide how you want to volunteer. Every food bank needs volunteers to play different roles and one kind of role may suit you better. Some volunteers will sort and pack food for distribution. Some volunteers will pass out food at drive-thru pantries and other low-contact distributions.
- Prepare to volunteer safely. Volunteer safety is a top priority for food banks. Be sure to ask about and follow volunteer and CDC safety guidelines while you volunteer.
- Consider other ways to give back to your local food bank beyond volunteering. It's great to have a backup plan in case you can't volunteer this year. This is a great time to help raise much-needed funds for the hunger-relief work of the Feeding America network.
Volunteers help where the need is greatest so check with your local food bank about what opportunities are available.