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!

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


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

Volunteer Applications »


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. These events and campaigns have been successful year after year thanks to the help of community members who have donated their time!

SLO County Cow Parade
Date/Time: Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 9am-5pm
Location: Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo
NOTE: The Food Bank is in need of art loving and fun volunteers to help at the SLO Cow Parade! The Cow Parade is a famous, world-wide art exhibit. The Food Bank will have their very own cow "Udderly Blessed" at the event. Volunteers are needed at the event to help set up and run the Food Bank's information booth as well as help with our mascot Sandie. For more information on the Cow Parade please visit

Heritage Oaks Fun Run
Date/Time: Sunday, September 25th, 7:30am-1pm
Location: Paso Robles Downtown City Park
NOTE: The Food Bank is in need of volunteers to help at the Heritage Oaks Fun Run in Paso Robles. The Heritage Oaks Fun run is an annual race in Paso Robles with both a 5k and 10k. The Food Bank has been honored as a charity beneficiary for the race. Volunteer duties will include helping set up and run the Food Bank's informational booth and help with our mascot Sandie.

Food Bank 8th annual Hunger Walk + 5k
Date/Time: Saturday, October 15th, 2016; 7:30am-11am
Location: 101 Coleman Drive, Morro Bay, CA 93442
NOTE: The Food Bank is in need for volunteers at our annual Hunger Walk+ 5K in Morro Bay on October 15th. Volunteer tasks asks would include helping with event set up and take down, course monitors,T-shirt/event bag distribution, armature face painters and monitors to oversee a photobooth, bounce-house and other activities. Volunteer shifts are 1-2 hours long. Sign up online:

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.

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.

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.

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