From packing groceries to picking produce – we need your help!
“When you first started helping at the Food Bank I didn’t think much of it. After I came along and helped for the first time, I wanted to help out everyday. When we were in the car on the way home after a day of hard work at the Food Bank you looked at me and said ‘Thanks for coming’ it filled me with pride and a feeling of satisfaction. This feeling I try to pass on to others at school, like when the group of us kids came to volunteer on a super sort. You were the first drop but you started a waterfall.”
Volunteers Are our Foundation
Volunteers established the food bank in 1965 and they have been the foundation of our success ever since. There is an ever present awareness to serve those in need, in the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. In 2010, volunteers dedicated 38,796 hours of service.
The best way for individuals to start is to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Tour at our Client Service Center in downtown Olympia. Orientations are held the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., and are open to the public. If you would like to volunteer for a specific event or for a short time please contact us with the particulars. Call (360) 352-8597 ext. 107 or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering at the Food Bank
Volunteer shifts are available nearly every day of the week, with limited seasonal opportunities on weekends. Please attend an orientation for details.
Individuals Volunteering at the Food Bank
Volunteers are scheduled Monday through Friday for daytime shifts, two evenings a month and at other times to support special programs and events. Tasks include sorting food, repackaging food, stocking produce, building food bags, setting up the food bank in preparation for food distribution, assisting customers as they shop, and much more.
Families & Groups Volunteering at the Food Bank
Families and groups of all sizes have numerous opportunities to support our programs during the week and on the weekends. Our biggest events occur in November, December, January and May with additional projects throughout the year. Groups are encouraged to contact the Food Bank to get more information.
Who can Volunteer?
The Food Bank has various tasks for individuals of all ages. Students and youth age 12 and older may volunteer without parental or custodial supervision. Youth under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
If you are a student
Students needing class/school community service hours may volunteer during the school year, and during Spring, Summer and Winter Breaks. Follow the “Getting Started” information above.