Volunteers are the heart and muscle of the SLO Food Bank.

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.

Our Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below for more information about volunteering at the SLO Food Bank. If you have any specific questions about volunteering for a glean, please visit our Food Rescue page here.

We welcome individuals, families, children ages 12 and above, and organizations to volunteer at the SLO Food Bank. Everyone in our community can make a difference in alleviating hunger.

Signing up to volunteer is easy! View our calendar of opportunities, choose one that works for you, and fill out the sign-up form. Once registered, you will receive all the necessary information you need for your volunteer shift.

We encourage organizations, schools, businesses, and community groups to volunteer together. It’s a great team-building activity, and your collective efforts significantly contribute to hunger relief in our community. We may also be able to accommodate opportunities for teams containing up to eight people in our warehouse. Seasonal events and gleans can offer opportunities for small groups as well.

Please note that due to the unpredictable nature of crops, farming, and weather, we can’t schedule a harvest more than two weeks out. Group gleans involving more than five people require communication to find the perfect opportunity that aligns with our schedules and the needs of our neighbors.

Please reach out to [email protected] with the size of your group and the time frame in which you’d like to volunteer. Group opportunities are limited so please reach out as far in advance as possible.

Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for physical activity. We provide all the necessary equipment and tools. You might want to bring a reusable water bottle and a positive attitude to make the most out of your volunteering experience.

Yes! Volunteer opportunities are offered in shifts. We ask that volunteers who sign up for an opportunity stay for the full duration of their shift. 

Warehouse volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Minors ages 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the entirety of the warehouse volunteer shift. 

Distribution volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 

For gleaning volunteer age information, please visit the Food Rescue page here. 

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

If you have been ordered to complete community work service or have been given the option to perform community work service in lieu of paying your fine, you can complete your hours at our warehouse facilities. Please bring your work service hour timesheet with you when you volunteer. 

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 and last-minute volunteer opportunities. 

You can view a video on training to volunteer in our warehouse here.

For Gleaning volunteer information, please learn more on the Food Rescue page here.

Due to the nature of our operations, we do not have regular volunteer opportunities on the weekend. Occasionally we have event opportunities on weekends or holidays. Please click here to view upcoming special events volunteer opportunities.