Volunteers are vital part of the Food Bank's efforts to help the 1 in 6 Alameda County residents we serve including children, senior and entire families. Our warehouse and office are abuzz with hunger relief activity, and your help is needed more than ever.
In 2012, more than 12,000 volunteers were instrumental in helping us distribute more than 2 million pounds of food per month!
Here's how you can help:
Weekday Food Sorting (our greatest need!)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 see more)
For weekday groups in December, please go to Dec Weekday Groups.
For weekday groups in January or February (when we will still be extremely busy), please go to Jan-Feb Weekday Groups.
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 each Wednesday at 12:45 pm. No registration is required.
(NOTE: There will be no orientations on November 27, December 25, or January 1.)
SHIFTS (for individuals): Mon. – Fri., 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Weekend Food SortingJoin us on a weekend to sort, screen and box food for distribution! (click to see more)
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.
To see available 2013 weekend dates and to register, click here.
For 2014 weekend registration, please go to 2014 Weekend Volunteering.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you might be available on Saturday, October 19, please consider volunteering to assist at a community event (http://letsgo510.com) the Food Bank will be helping to support in Berkeley. Volunteers are needed to direct runners along the route.
We look forward to working with you!
Emergency Food HelplineHelp 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 clerical help is an ongoing need for us. May include preparing mailings, phone calls, data entry, filing, and special projects. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. Please email us at email@example.com for more information
Organize a Food Drive!
Its easy, its fun and helps your community! We have been experiencing a shortage of donated food and need your help. Please consider organizing a Food Drive at your work, school, church or with your community group.
Well supply everything you need. Call 510-635-3663, ext. 318 or email us for more information.
Advocate!Get political 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 Banks advocacy and education programs. Please visit our advocacy page for more information or email the advocacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WAIVER: Groups and individuals will need to complete a waiver form, which we will have at the start of your shift or orientation. Click here to download one ahead of time.
Questions? Please email our Volunteer Services Team or call (510) 635-3663 ext. 308.