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The Food Bank relies on volunteers to distribute food every day to those in need and therefore play a key role in ensuring that people in need have access to nutritious food. We hope that you ca join us in our mission to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County. Help us build a healthier community, ask your friends, co-workers, or family to join your efforts and spend a day making a difference in your community!

All Food Bank volunteers must have an up to date application on file before they volunteer.

Volunteer Forms:

  1. General Volunteer Application>>
  2. USDA Neighborhood Food Distribution Volunteer Packet and Application>>

Caroline Johnson
Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@slofoodbank.org
(805) 975-5688


Volunteer Opportunities:

Warehouse

Warehouse volunteer opportunities are available Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. No appointment necessary. Our warehouse is located at 1180 Kendall Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Volunteers help is needed daily to inspect, sort, and organize food we rescue from local grocery stores. We also need help to pre-package the fresh produce and shelf stable food, like canned and dry goods, that we distribute at our county wide public food distributions. All warehouse volunteers must be 16 years or older due to forklift operations. Closed-toes shoes must be worn while volunteering in the warehouse.


Distribution Sites

The Food Bank has 52 direct food distribution sites throughout the county. Thanks to dedicated individuals and service groups, many of our direct food distributions are run by volunteers. Volunteers help daily at distributions sites running the sign-in sheets and help recipients received their food. Distribution sites are county-wide and reoccurring each month. To volunteer at a site near you, view our distribution calendar here: Neighborhood Distribution Sites (PDF)

Special Events »

The Food Bank has a variety of fundraiser events throughout the year. These events and campaigns have been successful year after year thanks to the help of community members who have donated their time!

Santa's Sleigh Paso Robles:
Date/Time: Monday December 19th and Wednesday December 21st, 7:15PM-8:30PM
Locations: Sherwood Park, Centennial Park, Uptown Park and Downtown Park in Paso Robles
NOTE: This fun family-friendly Christmas event is hosted by the Paso Robles Police Department and Fire Departments and benefits the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo. Volunteers are needed to help collect non-perishable food donations from participants during the event.

Sign Up For a Shift Online: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c48abad2aa2fd0-santas



Hope for the Holidays Food Drive:
Date/Time: Saturdays and Sundays, November-December
Locations: County-wide
NOTE: The Food Bank is looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping at our annual Hope for the Holidays Food Drive. This holiday food drive goes from November-December and takes place Saturdays and Sundays in front of participating grocery stores. Duties include standing out in front of grocery stores encouraging the public to make a canned good donation. The shifts are a minimum of 2 hours. Exact locations will be announced in October. Please read our Volunteer Instruction sheet for more information (PDF)

Sign Up For Shift Online:

        1. South County Locations >>
        2. North County and Coastal Locations >>


Volunteer with Our Programs:
Several of our food programs rely on the help from long term volunteers to run their programs year round. Below is a list of programs that are seeking extra help. An orientation and training is provided when applicable.

Summer Food Service Program »
16,000 students in SLO County rely on the Free or Reduced Priced School Meals program at school but when school gets out for summer break, they lose this food resource. Volunteers are needed to help distribute meals and snacks to children and teens who face hunger during the summer months.

Nutrition Education Program »
The Nutrition Education Program works to educate the community on how to prepare the food individuals receive from the Food Bank in healthy and low-cost ways. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and distribute recipe samples and educational material.

GleanSLO »
GleanSLO rescues produce that would otherwise go to waste from farms, orchards and backyards. Volunteers are needed to harvest local produce, which then gets distributed to our neighbors struggling with hunger.


Court Ordered Volunteers

If you have been ordered to complete community work service or have been given the option to perform community work service (CWS) in lieu of paying your fine, you can complete your hours at one of our warehouse facilities after enrolling through Pucciarelli Consulting »



Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.