Volunteering at the Food Bank is easy.

Just pick a time from our volunteer sign up schedule. We would love to have you!

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If you are an individual, you can join a fun group project. If you are looking to sign up a large group, we can work with you to get everything set up.

The average volunteer visit is three hours, and in that time you will help hundreds of families in need by processing and packaging food for distribution.

Who can Volunteer?

The Food Bank relies on a diverse range of individuals and volunteer groups.

Our volunteers include individuals, families, senior citizens, corporate groups, religious organizations, school groups, and many others who help us feed the hungry in San Diego County.

The minimum age to volunteer is six years old. Any minor 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. (Please see below: How To Volunteer)

Why the Food Bank Needs Your Help

The San Diego Food Bank feeds, on average, 320,000 people per month, and we rely entirely on our volunteers to inspect, sort, and package tons of food for distribution every day.

Volunteer projects include:

  • Cleaning and packaging fresh produce for immediate distribution.
  • Inspecting, sorting, boxing, and labeling food donations.
  • Assembling food packages for our Senior Food Program, Moms & Children Food Program, Food Assistance Program, and our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.


How To Volunteer

Volunteering at the Food Bank is easy.

You do not need any special training to volunteer, and there are no constraining time commitments. You may volunteer one time, or on a regular basis.

Each shift lasts about three hours and involves a variety of projects and tasks.

Age Guidelines

Volunteers must be six years or older, and all minors age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
For groups of children there must be 1 adult present for every 10 children between the ages of 10 and 15, and there must be one adult present for every three children under the age of 10.

We welcome middle and high school students to complete any school-required service hours, but we would like to remind every volunteer that it is their responsibility to plan and schedule their visit well in advance, since registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guidlines for Court Mandated Service Hours

The Food Bank accepts court mandated service hours, but ONLY misdemeanor offenses will be considered eligible, and additional documentation must be provided.

Mandatory Volunteer Documents

All volunteers MUST read our Policies and Procedures Document

PDF Policies and Procedures Document

All volunteers MUST download, print, and sign the Volunteer Waiver Form

PDF Volunteer Waiver Form

Volunteer Sign-up Pages

If you are an individual, please visit our INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP PAGE

If you are a group, please visit our GROUP VOLUNTEERS SIGN-UP PAGE

For court mandated service hours, please visit our COURT MANDATED VOLUNTEERS SIGN-UP PAGE

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank. You help put food on the table for people in need every time you volunteer.