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Volunteer FAQs

  • How do I sign up to volunteer?

    Scheduling a Food Bank volunteer project is easy. Start by viewing the volunteer schedule, then register online.

    San Francisco volunteer schedule >
    Marin volunteer schedule >

    Please note that we are unable to accommodate drop-in volunteers. Making advanced reservations allows us to plan adequately for our projects and distributions.

  • May we schedule as a group? How many people can you accommodate at once?

    Volunteering at the Food Bank is a great team-building opportunity. We are able to accommodate groups of all sizes over one or multiple project shifts.

    If you're scheduling for a large team of 15 or more, please contact us after scheduling your group’s shift so we can confirm your reservation and discuss your project needs.

    For San Francisco projects, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

    For projects in Marin, contact our Community Engagement Coordinator before scheduling a shift.

  • Can students and children volunteer?

    Yes, within the following guidelines:

    High school students can volunteer for any of our shifts. Student groups require one adult chaperone for every ten students.

    Weekdays are available for youth who are 11 years old and older to volunteer for any of our shifts. 

    Weekends are available for younger children. In San Francisco, volunteers must be at least 8 years old on Saturdays and 4 years old on Sundays. Every middle school-aged child and younger must be accompanied by an adult to ensure safety in our busy warehouses.

  • How do volunteers help the Food Bank?

    Year-round volunteer support is essential for the Food Bank, helping us quickly and efficiently get food to people in need. Our volunteer community assists with gleaning produce, repacking bulk food items, sorting through food donations, assembling grocery boxes, and many other projects in the warehouse and community. Food Bank volunteers provide work equivalent to 70 full-time employees, a crucial contribution to our fight against hunger. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

  • Where is the Food Bank located?

    Our San Francisco warehouse is located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood at 900 Pennsylvania Ave (at 23rd Street). Directions >

    Our Marin warehouse is located in Novato at 75 Digital Drive. Directions >

  • Is there parking available at the Food Bank?

    San Francisco
    Weekday volunteers: Street parking is free, and our block has a 4-hour time limit — perfect for our volunteer shifts! Please utilize available street parking so that our agency shoppers can use our parking lot to load their vehicles.
    Evening and weekend volunteers: You're welcome to utilize our parking lot, as agencies do not shop at this time. Additional street parking is free and abundant.

    Volunteers are welcome to park in our parking lot. For your safety and the safety of our workers, please enter through the front of our office, and not through the warehouse. If you happen to park on the warehouse side, you can walk through the side walkway of the building to come through the front door.

  • When do you release dates for future volunteer shifts?

    We publish our volunteer calendar 3 months at a time. The schedule is as follows: 
    February 1: May, June, July are published
    May 1: August, September, October are published
    August 1: November, December, January are published
    November 1: February, March, April are published
    *If the 1st falls on a weekend, the calendar will be release the following business day

  • What should I wear?

    Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate in warehouse projects — no sandals, flip-flops or opened-toe shoes. We ask that you dress comfortably and respectfully. A sweatshirt or extra layer is recommended, as the temperature in our warehouse is often quite cool.

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