Volunteer Opportunities

In Our Warehouse and in the Community, It’s All Hands on Deck

Alleviating hunger in our community requires the hands of SLO County residents whose hearts beat for equity. We believe hunger should not be a price anyone has to pay. The SLO Food Bank is the primary source of nutritious food for our agency partners and those in need countywide. We rely on volunteers to distribute food to 30,000 people every month.

Find out how to volunteer

Whether it’s handing out food items to individuals at one of our Neighborhood Food Distributions, preparing nutritious samples for our Farmers Markets or sorting and packing produce in our warehouse, we have plenty of options to choose from!

Food Distributions

Ensure that everyone in SLO County has access to nutritious food! We have monthly Neighborhood Food Distributions in every community.

Special Events

We have several events throughout the year which would not be possible without our amazing volunteers.


Get your hands dirty and develop team building skills with your coworkers, friends or family while sorting and packing food.

Additional Opportunities

Are you looking for more ways to get involved? We partner with other nonprofits countywide who could also need a helping hand.

Volunteer Training

  • View a video on training to volunteer in our warehouse here.
  • View a presentation on volunteering at one of our neighborhood distributions: English | Spanish

Do you need a record of your volunteer hours?

When your hours are completed, please use our Contact Form to ask our volunteer coordinator for documentation.

If you are under a deadline to complete your hours consider signing up for our “Call to Action” emails when creating your Volunteer Hub profile. These are alerts regarding the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities.

Information About Volunteering


  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Warehouse volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Minors age 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during their warehouse volunteer shift.
  • Distribution volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of most volunteer opportunities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
  • The ability to lift, carry, and load up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, climb, and crouch repeatedly throughout shift

Groups & Special Projects

To learn more about group or special project opportunities please contact our Volunteer Coordinator directly at volunteer@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.