We strongly encourage new volunteers to attend an orientation! They are held on the first Wednesday of each month, from 4:30–5:30 PM at Lacey’s Food Pantry: 7027 Martin Way E.
What Do Volunteers Do at the Food Bank?
Volunteers do everything from food sorting and delivery, to office support, to facility and equipment maintenance. For more details, check out What Do Volunteers Do at TCFB?
All new, returning and current volunteers need to complete the application one time.
Volunteers agree to follow these Terms and Conditions, which are also found in the online application. Click here to view the 5-page PDF.
Do you still have questions? Email our volunteer coordinators:
Olympia’s Food Pantry
Lacey’s Food Pantry
When Can I Volunteer?
Volunteers are scheduled Monday through Friday for daytime shifts and at other times to support special programs and events. Currently, regular volunteer shifts for individuals are:
Olympia’s Food Pantry: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with two volunteer shifts each day, 7:45 AM–Noon and 11:45 AM–4:00 PM
Lacey‘s Food Pantry: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 AM–12:30 PM and Noon–3:00 PM, and the 2nd Wednesday of each month 3:00–7:00 PM.
Tumwater Warehouse: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with two volunteer shifts each day, 9:00 AM–Noon and 1:00–4:00 PM. Note: Mondays and Fridays are for groups by appointment and special requests only.
Families & Groups Volunteering at the Food Bank
Families and groups of all sizes have numerous opportunities to support our programs during the week and with occasional weekend events. 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 ages 12 and older may volunteer without parental or custodial supervision. Youth under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 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.
Volunteers Are our Foundation
Volunteers established the food bank in 1972 and they have been the foundation of our success ever since. There is a growing awareness of the systemic problem of food insecurity, and together with our volunteers, we strive to end hunger in our community in the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. An average of over 2,000 volunteers each year donate over 40,000 hours of their time to support the Food Bank’s mission.
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