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.

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

Volunteers By the Numbers

10 Jan, 2018|0 Comments

“Whoa. I didn’t know the Food Bank was this big.” We often hear that sentence when people visit us for the first time. Many people are surprised by the size of our warehouse, the scope

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

Food from the Bar

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 6:00 pm

Savor the Season

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm