Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the SF-Marin Food Bank!
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Scheduling a Food Bank volunteer shift is easy.
Start by viewing the volunteer schedule, then register online.
Please note that we are unable to accommodate drop-in volunteers.
Making advance 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 during one or multiple-project shifts.
If you’re scheduling for a team of 25 or more, please make an online reservation then contact us so we can confirm your reservation and discuss your project.
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. Middle school student groups require one adult chaperone for every five students.
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 child aged 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult to ensure safety in our busy warehouse.
Chaperones: please check out our helpful guidelines to ensure a safe and productive visit.
Can the Food Bank send me verification of my volunteer hours?
If you are volunteering as a requirement of community service hours the Volunteer Services team can sign and/or provide you with verification of all your hours after completion. Please check out our Verified Service Hour guidelines to ensure all of your time spent with us is documented properly before making your request.
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.
Where is the Food Bank located?
Is parking available at the Food Bank?
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 open-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.