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Volunteer Opportunities

When you volunteer at the Food Bank, you'll help sort and package the food we distribute to food pantries, children's snack programs and soup kitchens throughout San Francisco and Marin — enough for more than 107,000 meals each day.

Projects typically involve gleaning fresh produce, repackaging bulk food into family-sized quantities, assembling grocery boxes for seniors, and sorting donations from food drives and grocery stores. In a single shift, you'll be helping thousands of people get the food they need.

San Francisco

Schedule a shift in San Francisco for any of the following times:

  • Weekdays: 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 12:30-3:30 pm
  • Evenings: Tues. and Weds. 6:00-8:00 pm, and Thurs. 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Weekends: Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 12:30-3:30 pm, and Sundays 9:00-11:00 am and 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Children are welcome to volunteer, too! Volunteers must be at least 8 years old during Saturday projects and 4 years old during Sunday projects. Every middle school-aged child and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To ensure safety in our warehouse, we require a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 students in high school.

View the San Francisco Volunteer Schedule >


Schedule a shift in Marin for any of the following times:

View the Marin volunteer schedule >

  • Attend an initial orientation/training session. During this session staff will present an overview of the program and basics of CalFresh participation guidelines, the application process, and how to pre-screen participants
  • Understand and explain the misconceptions, fears, and myths about CalFresh participation
  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Attend food bank distributions and assist our participants with the pre-screening process
  • Some on site office work: follow up calls, logging pre-screening data, etc

San Francisco has more pantries per square mile and distributes significantly more Food Bank food per person in poverty than anywhere in the country.  The growing demand for food assistance coupled with limited resources and capacity have stretched the pantry network to a level that is difficult to sustain.  Long lines and the challenges that go with them are now the norm at open-to-the public pantries. 

Pantry partners and participants have asked the Food Bank to take steps to address these challenges on a more system-wide level.  The Food Bank has created the Pantry Enrollment system to address these challenges. This system requires households to select and attend one specific pantry. The Panty Enrollment system aims to serve as many households as possible with our limited resources, offer a better experience for participants and pantry partners and ultimately ensure more equitable access to everyone in need.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Volunteers who join the Pantry Enrollment team will be expected to:

Maintain client confidentiality.
Attend food bank distributions and outreach to participants about the new system.
Potential for increased responsibility based on capacity and commitment to the program.

Volunteer Availability:

We  are in need of Korean or Russian speaking volunteers Friday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm from January to the end of February 2014. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. There are additional shifts available for Russian speaking volunteers.

Profile of an ideal candidate:

  • Fluent in Russian or Korean
  • Ability to work well with others, including food bank staff and volunteers.
  • Interest in social justice, community organizing, issues of hunger/food security.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse communities.
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Collaborating with many community serving organizations in San Francisco.
  • Experience working within a public social service program.
  • Learning about food security issues in San Francisco.
  • Potential for further training opportunities.


Must attend a 30-minute training session prior to community outreach. Please call or email us at your earliest convenience to schedule meeting.


  • Public Speaking
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Bilingual in Korean or Russian

Good Match For:

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment:

  • Must be at least 18
  • 30-minute training

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