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!

Email or call for more information about volunteer opportunities. Stay connected by joining our monthly volunteer newsletter!

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

Volunteer Applications »

Caroline Johnson
Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
(805) 975-5688

Volunteer Opportunities:


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. All warehouse volunteers must be 16 or older due to forklift operations.

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.

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!

Boo Bash
Date/Time: Friday, October 28th, 2016 5PM-8PM
Location: Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo
NOTE: The Food Bank is in need of a few volunteers to help out at the 'Boo Bash' on October 28th. During this family-fun event we are looking for volunteers to assist us with handing out information about the Food Bank and help collect non-perishable donations from event attendees. We are also looking for a volunteer to wear our Sandie the Sandwich mascot costume for the evening! For more information on the event please visit: Contact to sign up.

Music for the Soul
Date/Time: Saturday, November 13th, 5pm-7pm
Location: Studios in the Park, 1130 Pine Street, Paso Robles
NOTE: The Food Bank is looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping at the Music for the Soul benefit concert on November 13th. The event, hosted by St. James church, features dinner and live jazz music by Nicole Stromsoe. During this time we are looking for a several volunteers to help serve appetizers to guests. Contact for more information and to sign up.

Turkey Drive
Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7am-7pm
Locations: Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles
NOTE: The Food Bank is in need of volunteers for the KCOY Turkey Drive on November 17th, 2016 from 7am-7pm. During this time we are looking for volunteers to stand outside of grocery stores and ask for turkey and canned good donations. We will have locations in Pismo Beach, SLO and Paso Robles. Shifts are a minimum of 2 hours.

Sign Up For a Shift Online:

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 Frequently Asked Questions flyer to learn more: FAQs (PDF)

*Online Sign Up Coming Soon!*

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 either ECOSLO or 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.