18,000 volunteers. More than 100,000 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.

URGENT VOLUNTEER NEED!
We need 100+ volunteers on November 18 to support a major county-wide food drive. Help needed in
Tri-Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland/Emeryville and Berkley areas. Learn more

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 abuzz 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. Our most-needed volunteer opportunities are listed below.  You can also learn about new opportunities by downloading this flier, or by signing up for our volunteer newsletter.

Volunteer sorting food

Warehouse Food Sorting

We need 150 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.

Volunteers at the Food Bank
Emergency Food Helpline

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!

Volunteers at a mobile food pantry

Volunteer Stories

We Need Your Helping Hands!

17 Oct, 2017|0 Comments

Our volunteers out at their local Safeway, helping us make the day a success! The Saturday before Thanksgiving is one of the year's biggest grocery shopping days—and it also kicks off one of our biggest

Volunteers: Got skills? Lend ’em to us!

3 Oct, 2017|0 Comments

Are you a data-wizard? A calligraphist with a few hours to spare? A painter with a passion for making our community better place? Longtime supporter and volunteer Jill McCleary lent us her web and

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Raiders Distribute Fresh Food to Fruitvale Community

22 Sep, 2017|0 Comments

Best team effort, ever. In mid-September, the Oakland Raiders helped serve 157 households at our Cesar Chavez Mobile Pantry distribution, located near the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland. Players, alongside volunteers, helped distribute carrots, apples,