Volunteer Opportunities

The important work we do in our community would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers

The SLO Food Bank is the primary source of nutritious food for our agency partners and those in need countywide. We believe hunger should not be a price anyone has to pay, but feeding our community requires the hands of many SLO County residents whose hearts beat for equity.

Read our volunteer stories to learn more about the amazing individuals whose support is vital to our mission!
Please click here, to submit your volunteer story!

Are you looking for ways to volunteer? Whether it’s harvesting produce from farmers, packing food items in our warehouse, handing out bags of food to individuals at one of our Neighborhood Food Distributions, or educating the public during special events about hunger in our community, we have plenty of options to choose from!


Rescue fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste from local farms, backyards, gardens and farmers markets.


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

Food Distributions

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

Special Events

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

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 indicating you are “Interested in Last-Minute Volunteer Opportunities” when creating your Volunteer Hub profile. You will receive alerts regarding urgent 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

Community Work Service

‚ÄčIf 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.

See if your employer has a volunteer grant program

Have you already volunteered with the SLO Food Bank? Did you know that your employer might have a program to award cash donations to our organization because you showed up for a volunteer shift or event? Use the search tool below to see if your employer has one of these volunteer grant programs.

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