Thank you for helping the San Diego Food Bank feed vulnerable families and seniors during the COVID-19 crisis! Your volunteer support enables our hunger-relief operations to continue!
If you cannot find a volunteer shift available or the date you selected is not available, please check back daily. We are continuing to get last minute cancellations and are in need of regular volunteers.
Please continue scrolling to find detailed information about our volunteer program and when you are ready, click the “Register Now” button for a list of available shifts!
Who Can Volunteer?
The Food Bank relies on individuals and volunteer groups to help us in our warehouse, at food distribution sites, and at Food Bank events. Anyone who is 11 years of age and older is welcome to volunteer. Training is not required, and there are no time commitments. You may volunteer one time, or on a regular basis.
Each shift lasts about three hours and involves a variety of projects. Volunteer projects may include, but are not limited to:
- 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, Emergency Food Assistance Program, and our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program
Please note: Volunteer tasks are predetermined by staff and are selected on an “as needed” basis.
Online Registration and Check-in
Volunteers must sign up for a shift using our online registration system. When you arrive at the Food Bank for your volunteer shift, please check in at the front desk.
If you need the Food Bank to provide verification for the number of hours worked, please bring the associated paperwork with you for our staff to complete.
Registration for Individual Volunteers
If you are a first-time volunteer, you will be asked to create a login and password when you sign up for your first shift on our volunteer registration system. Please be sure to store your login information for future use. Once registered and logged in, select your shift, and a confirmation email will be sent back to you. For returning volunteers, simply log in, select a shift, and you will receive a confirmation email.
Groups of Less Than 5 Volunteers
If you have a group of less than five people, each volunteer must register as an individual. As long as you sign up for the same date and shift time, you will still be able to work together.
Groups of 5 or More Volunteers
Volunteering at the Food Bank is a great team-building experience! We welcome businesses, schools, clubs, faith-based organizations, and civic groups.
Please submit a Group Volunteer Request. For best availability, contact us at least a month in advance. Please allow 72 hours for a staff member to reply to your request.
San Diego Food Bank’s
Top 5 Volunteer Rules
Please wear comfortable, closed-toes shoes.
Please arrive on time.
Only children ages 11 and older can volunteer, and all children ages 11 to 15 MUST be accompanied by 1 adult for every 4 children volunteering.
All volunteers must be registered for the shift prior to arrival. We cannot accept walk-ins.
Can’t make it? Please give us a 24 hours’ notice, so we can fill your volunteer slot(s).
Guidelines for Children
Due to safety regulations, children ages 10 years and under CANNOT volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank. Volunteers MUST be 11 years of age or older.
In addition, children ages 11 to 15 MUST be accompanied by an adult. 1 adult MUST ACCOMPANY every 4 children ages 11 to 15.
Please note: We do offer educational, behind-the-scenes tours of the Food Bank’s warehouse facilities to groups of children ages 10 years old and under. Click on the button below to request a tour.
Mandatory Volunteer Documents
Once volunteers are registered and have signed up for a shift, each volunteer MUST read our Policies and Procedures Document prior to arriving.
Click on the button below to view a PDF, and please read through it carefully.
Guidelines 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.
The Food Bank will verify the information while your application is being considered. Failure to provide any of the required information will result in immediate disqualification of your volunteer application.