Spend three hours packing food in our warehouse to provide tens of thousands of meals for our community.

Nearly 17,000 volunteers. More than 103,000 hours. Every year, you ensure that children, adults, and seniors in Alameda County know where their next meal will come from. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Volunteers Needed!
We urgently need more helping hands this summer to ensure that the large quantities of incoming produce get out the door — and into the community!
(No prior orientation is required. All volunteers must be at least 10 years of age with at least one adult volunteer accompanying up to 5 youth.)
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We serve an immense need: 1 in 5 of our neighbors in Alameda County accesses our services. And we can’t do the work we do without volunteers.

Five (sometimes six) days a week, our warehouse and office are a buzz with activity. Whether packing food in our warehouse, staffing our Emergency Food Helpline, assisting in our office, or helping with events and other projects, your contributions as a volunteer are a critical part of our efforts. Please click the boxes below to learn more about specific volunteer opportunities.  You can also learn about new opportunities by downloading this flier.

By volunteering, all individuals agree to adhere to the Food Bank’s policies and guidelines.

Volunteer sorting food

Warehouse Food Sorting

We need 100 volunteers a day — especially Mondays and Tuesday — to meet community need. Three impactful hours means thousands of meals for our community.


General Office Help

Help us with mailings, phone calls, reception, handwriting, and other special projects.


Emergency Food Helpline

Help households find a source of healthy food in their own neighborhood as a Helpline operator.


Special Skills

Bilingual? Special technical skill? Great handwriting? We can use your help!


Volunteer Stories

Behind the scenes help: Meet Joanne

30 Apr, 2019|0 Comments

One evening in 2012, Joanne and her husband Richard were watching the news when a story came on saying the Food Bank needed volunteers. Being retired and looking for something to do, they signed up

Volunteers make our work possible

28 Mar, 2019|0 Comments

Between working, running errands, and fulfilling other commitments, many people don't have a lot of time left over. Yet, more than 16,500 people in our community open their schedules and roll up their sleeves to