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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 and Application »

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

Volunteer Opportunities:

Clerical Needs

The Food Bank has a need for an ongoing clerical volunteer. This opportunity is 2 hours per month in our main office. We are searching for a reliable volunteer to help organize volunteer binders, assemble data reports and record volunteer applications.

This job requires a volunteer who can maintain confidentiality regarding personal information of volunteers. Computer experience, especially with Excel and Google Docs is a plus but not required.

Please contact Caroline Johnson, Community for more information by at volunteer@slofoodbank.org or by calling (805) 238-4664.


Warehouse

Warehouse volunteer 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.

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.

Sign Up For a Warehouse Volunteer Shift Online

        1. February Warehouse Sign-Up »
        2. March Warehouse Sign-Up »
        3. All-Ages Saturday Sign-Up »

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


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) »

Volunteers interested in helping at a Neighborhood Food Distribution site should email the Volunteer Coordinator at least one week in advance to notify what site they would like to volunteer at. All Neighborhood Food Distribution Volunteers are required to read over the USDA Neighborhood Food Distribution Volunteer Packet found above under the 'Volunteer Forms' section.

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! View event calendar »

Food 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.

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 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.