Thank you for your heart to give back!

Volunteers Sweet PotatoesVolunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Bank's mission. Every day, Food Bank volunteers are making a tangible contribution to our communities. Last year, volunteers logged over 170,135 hours - equivalent to over 80 full time employees!

Please review the important information below about volunteering for the Food Bank, then check out our Branch Signup Page to get involved!  Additionally, our Volunteer Opportunities Page describes various available activities in detail.

Important Volunteering Details:

Age Guidelines | Kids Day | Groups | Warehouse Dress & Guidelines | Community Service (Court Related)

Age Guidelines

Volunteers 18 years and older can join us anytime during branch volunteer hours. Youth aged 12 to 17 are welcome to volunteer at our distribution centers with a parent/guardian. Children 5 to 11 years of age can volunteer with an adult through our Kids Day program currently offered at our Raleigh, Durham and Greenville branch locations.
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Kids Day

Volunteering is a wonderful way for kids to learn about the Food Bank and the issue of hunger. The Food Bank offers monthly event for youth between the ages of 5 and 12 called Kids Day!

During Kids Day, volunteers will participate in an age-appropriate food sorting project. An example of a Kids Day volunteer project is repackaging bulk food into family-size portions. Kids Day is a great opportunity for families and groups of all sizes!

Kids Day is offered in at our Durham, Greenville and Raleigh branches. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. If bringing a group, please call ahead to schedule a time slot. Please note: Warehouse Dress & Guidelines apply to Kids Days.  Please review the guidelines before arrival. 
Visit our Branch Signup Page for details »

Additionally, the Food Bank encourages kids to volunteer for the Food Bank by holding a food drive or a fundraiser, such as a lemonade stand. Consider holding a "Virtual Lemonade Stand" for friends and family using our Personal Fundraising Tool!
Read more on our Kids Page »

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We are delighted to host groups at our distribution centers! Volunteering with the Food Bank is a great activity for school, business, civic or religious groups. Please follow our tips and guidelines to ensure a rewarding experience for all:

  • Due to limited space at many of our locations, groups and families must sign up in advance.
  • Time slots for groups fill up fast, so be sure to have more than one date in mind.
  • We recommend a minimum shift of 2 hours to ensure a meaningful experience.
  • In the case of a youth group, we ask for one adult for every 4 to 5 youth under the age of 16.
  • In the event that you need to cancel or change the number in your group, please alert your branch contact immediately.

Sign up by contacting a branch staff member at your chosen location! Visit our Branch Signup page »

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Warehouse Dress & Guidelines

The Food Bank aims to create a fun yet safe environment for our volunteers at our distribution centers. Please familiarize yourself with the rules and recommendations for working on the warehouse floor:

The Food Bank warehouses are not climate controlled, so dress accordingly. We recommend casual attire but, please, no short shorts or halter tops. Storage space is limited, so do not bring purses or other valuable items. Additionally:

  • Closed toed shoes are required. Volunteers wearing sandals or flip flops are not permitted to work.
  • Volunteers may not use any equipment (forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.) without proper training.
  • Food or drink are not allowed on the warehouse floor.
  • Please do not use headphones or phones while working in the warehouse.

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Community Service (Court Related)

The Food Bank welcomes select volunteers needing to complete community service at our branches. Individuals younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to participate.

For individuals in need of community service hours for court-related charges, please follow these guidelines:

  • The Food Bank offers community service hours for lawyer recommended service, court-appointed service, and hours needed for pending charges.
  • The Food Bank at Wilmington, Sandhills, and New Bern accept non-violent offenders such as traffic violations, driving while impaired, misdemeanor drug charges (marijuana only), misdemeanor larceny, non-violent misdemeanors.
    The Raleigh and Durham Branches accept only traffic violations, such as speeding in a school zone or passing an emergency vehicle and NOT including driving while impaired or driving under the influence.
    The Greenville Branch accepts traffic violations and non-violent alcohol-related charges only.
    Please see Branch Signup for times »
  • Bring all necessary court documentation concerning the community service assignment to the orientation.

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