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 opportunities to choose from!

Volunteer Challenge

Help us raise $2,500 until the end of the year and receive a gold plate with your name on it that will be hung on the wall in our lobby at the SLO Food Bank warehouse!

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All Ages Volunteer Day

Are you six years old or older? Our monthly All Ages Volunteer Days are a great opportunity for parents and kids to give back to their community.

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Children’s Farmers Markets

Promote healthy eating through this innovative program which empowers children to choose and “purchase” fresh fruits and vegetables to take home to their families.

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Food Distributions

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

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Nutrition Education

Help us build a healthier community. Use your cooking skills to educate the public about healthy food choices.

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Special Events

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

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Warehouse

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

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Information About Volunteering In Our Warehouse

Requirements

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Volunteers be at least 16 years or older when forklifts are in operation (this applies to most warehouse volunteer opportunities)

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Warehouse Volunteers 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.