Volunteer With Us

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Second Harvest. Volunteers help us pack and distribute food to neighbors in need throughout the county. By donating a few hours of your time, you’ll make it possible for us to provide healthy food to the 75,000 people we serve each month.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Weekday Food Packs

Come to our warehouse to volunteer! We need volunteers to help us sort and pack 2,400 bags and boxes of fresh produce and dry goods for our partner agencies and clients. 

Saturday Sorts

We offer weekend volunteer opportunities each Saturday! We need Volunteers to help us sort and pack 2,400 bags and boxes of fresh produce and dry good for our partner agencies and clients. 

Volunteers distributing food during pandemic

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.

Second Harvest Forklift driver waving

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:
Community Distributions

Drive-Through Food Distributions

Volunteers are needed to help us run special drive-through food distributions at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. You can help with registration, loading food into cars and traffic control. These high-impact events allow us to distribute food to hundreds of people at once – come be part of the solution!

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 15 or more can make a group reservation by filling out the request form below.
For more information on joining the volunteer team, contact jael@thefoodbank.org