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 can 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!


Volunteers must have an up to date applicaiton on file.

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Volunteers help us 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.

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.

Food Drives »
The Food Bank coordinates two county wide food drives every year. Volunteers are needed to solicit and collect non-perishable food items in front of local participating grocery stores during a two hour shift on weekends (Saturday & Sundays only).

Hope for the Holidays »
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions flyer to learn more: FAQs (PDF)

Special Events »
The Food Bank has a variety of fundraiser events throughout the year. The two largest are Hunger Awareness Day and Hunger Walk. These campaigns have been successful year after year thanks to the help of community members who have donated their time.

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.

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.

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.

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 either ECOSLO or Pucciarelli Consulting.

Contact Us

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities contact our Volunteer Coordinator:

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