Volunteer

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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.

Getting Started

The best way for individuals to start is to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Tour which is offered monthly at our warehouse. Please visit our events page or call to find out when the next one will be held. 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. 103 or Email us at volunteers@thurstoncountyfoodbank.org

Volunteering at the Food Bank

Volunteers are scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the day. Tasks include sorting food, repackaging food, cleaning produce, building food bags, and setting up the food bank in preparation for food distribution.

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, and cleaning produce, building food bags, setting up the food bank in preparation for food distribution and assisting customers as they shop.

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.