Volunteers are the fuel that power our food distribution programs. Volunteers help us by sorting, packing and distributing food to neighbors in need through our network of more than 200 partners agencies and programs. By donating a few hours of your time, you’ll help us provide food to the 85,000 people we currently serve each month.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Drive-Through Food Distributions
To safely distribute food to our community, we offer contactless drive-through distributions every Friday. You’ll be helping by directing traffic, taking check-in information from clients, and loading food into cars. Locations alternate between the Boardwalk and Fairgrounds.

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Saturday Sorts
Two Saturdays a month we offer weekend food sorts at our Watsonville warehouse. You’ll sort fresh produce and dry goods, and help pack 2,400 bags and boxes of food for our partner agencies and clients.

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Remote Volunteer Work
Volunteer for the food bank from the comfort of your home! We have a wide variety of remote opportunities: from data entry work, to making ‘thank you’ phone calls to donors, to special projects like writing cards. For current opportunities:

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Facilities Volunteer
Help us keep our facility safe, clean, and working properly! Facilities volunteers perform routine cleaning and light maintenance activities throughout our warehouse and grounds. For current opportunities:

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Community Food Distributions
Did you know that Second Harvest directly operates over 100 food distributions throughout the community, each month? Volunteers are needed to assist at small monthly or bi-weekly distributions throughout the community. For current opportunities:

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Group Volunteer Opportunities
Second Harvest can provide a variety of customized group volunteer activities for your organization. Whether it’s corporate team-building, school field trips, or your church’s community service day – we can create a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you. Groups of 8 or more can make a group reservation by emailing us:

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For more information on joining the volunteer team, contact jael@thefoodbank.org