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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 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!

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

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! If you are interested in volunteering during any of these events please follow the link to sign up or email volunteer@slofoodbank.org for more details

Warehouse

Warehouse opportunities are available Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Our warehouse is located at 1180 Kendall Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Volunteer 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. Closed-toed shoes must be worn while volunteering in the warehouse. It is recommended that volunteers dress in layers as warehouse conditions can be cold.

Sign Up For a Warehouse Volunteer Shift Online

Age Restrictions

All week day warehouse volunteers must be 16 years or older due to forklift operations. Families and youth 6-15 years old are welcome to volunteer in the warehouse during 'All-Ages Saturday' on the first Saturday of each month from 10AM-12PM.

Sign Up Ahead of Time

All warehouse volunteers must sign up in advance. We plan projects and assign staff based on the number of volunteers scheduled. Due to scheduling capacity, we may be unable to accommodate walk-in volunteers. Volunteers may directly sign up for a shift online using the links below. Shifts are on a first come basis and can accommodate anywhere from 5-25 individuals per two hour shift.

Current Volunteer Leader Openings in the Warehouse

Agency Clerk Volunteer Leader

The Food Bank is in need of multiple Agency Clerk Volunteer Leaders at our new facility in San Luis Obispo. This volunteer opportunity requires volunteers to commit at least two 9AM-11AM shifts in the warehouse each week. Volunteer Leaders are required to complete a Volunteer Application and be able to lift 50lbs while working to build food orders for local pantry partners. Agency Clerk Volunteer Leaders will be required to work alongside and report to Food Bank Agency Clerk staff, helping them assemble orders and 'check out'local pantry partners when they come to the warehouse to receive food. No experience needed, there will be a short orientation training for interested volunteers. To sign up for this opportunity, please use the links below to sign up for a 9AM-11AM time frame you are available to volunteer. Then, in the comments section of the sign up, please indicate you are interested in being a 'Agency Clerk Volunteer Leader'. For questions, please email volunteer@slofoodbank.org or call (805) 238-4664.

*For a full list of holidays the Food Bank observes please view our 2017 Holiday Calendar (PDF) »

Food 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.

All Neighborhood Food Distribution Volunteers are required to read over the USDA Neighborhood Food Distribution Volunteer Packet found above under the 'Volunteer Forms' section.

Current Openings for Neighborhood Food Distribution Volunteer Site Leaders:

SLO Senior Center, 1445 Santa Rosa Street, SLO, 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9AM-10AM

The Food Bank is in need of a Volunteer Site Leader at the SLO Senior Center on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. This is a long-term commitment opportunity. Site Leaders are required to complete the Neighborhood Food Distribution Volunteer Packet and be in communication on a monthly basis with Food Programs staff. Some training may be involved. The Volunteer Site Leader will be required to help run the sign-in sheet at the distribution and help recipients receive their food. Any interested volunteers should email or call Andrea Keisler, Community Food Programs Manager at akeisler@slofoodbank.org or (805)835-3737.


Program Opportunities

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. Please contact volunteer@slofoodbank.org for more information.

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. Volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application prior to volunteering. This opportunity is for volunteers 18 years and older. Interested volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a decision making adult or guardian during their volunteer time.

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. Please Note: All GleanSLO vounteers must ocmplete the online volunteer form prior to volunteering. Certain gleans have age restrictions depending on the crop being harvested and harvest tools being used. For questions or concerns please email Dylan Jones, GleanSLO Americorps VIP Volunteer Coordinator at djones@slofoodbank.org.

Community Work Service

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 our warehouse facilities after enrolling through a Community Work Service agency ». Please bring your work service hour time sheet with you when you volunteer.

Questions? Contact Us:

Haley Trengove
Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@slofoodbank.org
P: (805) 975-5688


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