Volunteer

Thank you for considering a volunteer opportunity at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank!

Below, you will find detailed information about our volunteer program and registration options for your upcoming volunteer activity!

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.

Volunteer Projects

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 are required to sign up for a shift using our online registration system. Once you have selected your shift, upon arrival, each volunteer is asked to “check-in” at our volunteer kiosks.

If you are in need of supplementary documentation to verify the number of hours you worked, please bring the proper paperwork with you, and a Food Bank staff member will provide the necessary information and approval.

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 link to view a PDF, and please read through it carefully.

Volunteer Policies and Procedures Form

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.

Questions

If you have any questions, read through our FAQs list, and if
you still have questions after reading, please email our
Volunteer Department.

Thank you for supporting the mission of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.