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

Become a Lead Volunteer in our warehouse

15 Jan, 2019|0 Comments

Chiaki Treynor has only been volunteering at the Food Bank for a few months, but she's already leading teams of volunteers in our warehouse. "I liked the idea of working with new people and sharing

Volunteers lend a helping hand over the holidays

15 Jan, 2019|0 Comments

The holidays are the Food Bank's busiest time of year, a time when the majority of monetary and food donations come in. And, volunteers! Between November and December, more than 3,500 volunteers flooded into our

Volunteers: We need your help!

9 Jan, 2019|0 Comments

If you're one of the 20,000 volunteers who came through our Food Bank doors last year, you know hunger is a year-round problem many Alameda County residents face. And without each and every person who