Volunteers are the heart of every non-profit organization. At the food bank, we always need volunteers for special projects or day-to-day operations. Volunteers of all ages are welcome; supervision is required for youth under 14.
Volunteer Shifts at our Main Branch in Theodore, AL:
- Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
- Monday through Thursday evenings with groups that have a minimum
of 8 volunteers (timeframe is flexible)
- Bi-weekly on Saturday mornings 8 a.m. – Noon
- Please call Missy Busby at (251) 653-1617 ext. 127 or Tayler Morgan ext. 125 for information on dates & times.
Volunteer Shifts at our Panhandle Branch in Milton, FL:
- Monday through Friday 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
- Monday through Friday 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. for groups that have a minimum of 5 volunteers
- Saturdays: once a month, please call Kyle Schoolar at (850) 626-1332 ext. 2104 for information on dates & times.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
Volunteers are needed to help inspect and sort food donations to get them ready for distribution to those in need. This includes checking expiration dates, making sure cans are not rusty or missing labels and boxing similar items together to put on our shelves for our partner organizations to stock their pantries. Volunteers age 12 and up. View our Food Sorting Guidelines video>>
The food bank uses office and administrative volunteers to assist with mailings, filing, preparing promotional materials, and basic computer data entry. On occasion we have additional office needs for preparing things for special events and other food bank initiatives. These are scheduled as needed. Adults only.
Volunteers are needed to help out at special events including staffing promo tables at events, our annual Chef Challenge fundraiser, and “Stuff the Truck” food drive events. Responsibilities may include helping with event set up and break down, registration, and collecting and pre-sorting food donations. Volunteers age 12 and up.
The mission of the Backpack Program is to meet the needs of chronically hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. Volunteers are needed to help put together these bags for distribution. No age limit.
The food bank’s community garden provides fresh produce which may not otherwise be available for distribution to those in need in our service area. Depending on our needs, volunteers may assist with planting, maintaining and harvesting vegetables in
the garden. No age limit.
The food bank partners with variety of local farms throughout the Central Gulf Coast to help pick leftover fruits and vegetables when their season is over. Since most of these events are single day opportunities, large amounts of volunteers are needed to help collect as much produce as possible. No age limit.
Through the SNAP Outreach Program, the food bank educates and assists the public with the application process for the federal food assistance program (formerly food stamps). Volunteers assisting with this program will receive training on how to prepare clients for their interview with their SNAP caseworker. Volunteers age 18 and up.
In the event of a disaster, the food bank is ready to distribute emergency food boxes to those in need. During these times, volunteers are needed to help pack emergency food boxes, assist with mobile pantries, make phone calls, or help transport food deliveries. Volunteers age 12 and up.