We urgently need your help!

Volunteer with your team or group
Alameda County Community Food Bank thrives on the support of employees from over 350 companies.
We especially need helping hands from now through September to sort and package the thousands of pounds of produce that we distribute in our community each week.
Please sign up for a volunteer shift today!
For weekday groups in August and September please click here.

Volunteers are a vital part of our efforts to help 1 in 5 Alameda County residents including children, seniors, and entire families. Our warehouse and office are abuzz with hunger relief activity; and your help is needed more than ever.

In 2016, 17,000 volunteers were instrumental in helping us distribute more than 35 million pounds of food.

Here's how you can help:

Weekday Food Sorting (when our need for volunteers is highest!)
Individuals and groups are needed Monday - Friday to help sort, screen and box fresh produce and non-perishable food for distribution to the Food Bank’s partner agencies. (click to register for shifts)
GROUPS (5 or more): We particularly encourage groups of 5 - 30 volunteers to consider joining us on a weekday. Volunteering is great for all groups, including corporate, faith-based, school/youth and families!
   •    For weekday groups in August and September, please click here.
   •    For weekday groups in October, please click here.

IMPORTANT: All volunteers must be 10 years of age or older. If you are coming with minors we require a 1/5 ratio: at least one adult chaperone per five youth ages 10 - 17. Groups do NOT need to attend a separate orientation.

INDIVIDUALS (i.e., those not in a group as described above): Individual weekday volunteers must attend a 1-hour orientation prior to volunteering. Orientations are held at the Food Bank on Wednesdays at 12:45 pm. No registration is required.

SHIFTS (for individuals): Mon. – Fri., 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Weekend Food Sorting
Join us on a weekend to sort food for distribution. (click to register for shifts)

IMPORTANT: All volunteers must be 10 years of age or older and be accompanied by at least one adult volunteer per every five youth. (Weekend volunteers are NOT required to attend a separate orientation session.)

SHIFTS: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.

   • For 2017 weekend registration, please go here.

Please reserve the number of slots that you feel best represents what you can realistically fill and then go down to the bottom of the page to click on the REGISTER button. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about online scheduling, please email us at volunteer@accfb.org.

We look forward to working with you!

Emergency Food Helpline
Help households find same-day sources of food in their own neighborhood! (click to see more)

Our Emergency Food Helpline has been ringing off the hook! Volunteers are needed to staff the food helpline, especially those who are bi-lingual (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese). The Helpline (1-800-870-3663) refers residents in need to food providers in their neighborhoods. You must be comfortable on the phone and have basic computer skills. Requires minimum 3-month commitment of at least one shift per week. For more information, call (510) 635-3663 ext. 308.

SHIFTS: Mon – Fri., 9 a.m. – Noon and 1- 4 p.m.

General Office Help

General office help is an ongoing need. Activities include mailing prep, phone calls, data entry, filing, and special projects. Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. Please email us at volunteer@accfb.org for information.

Host a Virtual Food Drive!

Help us acquire our most needed items. Virtual Food Drives are a great way to engage your group in fun fundraising efforts. You'll save us precious resources ... and we'll turn every $1 you raise into $6 of food for our community. Register today!

We’'ll supply everything you’ need. Call 510-635-3663, ext. 318 or email us for more information.

Organize a Food Drive!

It'’s easy, it'’s fun and it helps our community! There is a shortage of donated food and we need your help. Consider a Food Drive at your work, school, church or with your community group.

We’'ll supply everything you’ need. Call 510-635-3663, ext. 318 or email us for more information.

Join our advocacy efforts and help address hunger at its root cause. (click to see more)

Add your voice to hundreds of thousands of our neighbors struggling with hunger. Volunteers are invited to attend monthly meetings focused around food security issues at the local, state and national level or help with office work related to the Food Bank’s advocacy and education programs. Please visit our advocacy page for more information or email the advocacy team at advocate@accfb.org.

Want more information? Sign up to receive more information here.

WAIVER: All youth (ages 10-17) must bring in a waiver form signed by a parent/legal guardian.
Click here to download one ahead of time.