For food,  call: 831-662-0991or email: [email protected] 

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 65,000 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 3,500 bags and boxes of fresh produce and dry goods per week to distribute to our partner agencies throughout Santa Cruz County. 

Saturday Sorts

We offer two shifts each Saturday. Early bird or late riser: we have a weekend volunteer opportunity for you! We need Volunteers to help us sort and pack over 13,000 lbs. of fresh produce and dry goods for our community per week.

agency distribution

Community Food Distribtions

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.

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Special Events

Help out with a variety of occasions benefitting Second Harvest throughout the community: outreach tabling, serving food and wine at events, even flower arranging!


Alternate ways to volunteer

Clerical & Office Opportunities

Is an office environment more your style? Clerical volunteers assist with a variety of projects that support of our programs and services, including filing, scanning, photocopying, making calls, inputting data into computer systems, and inventorying kits. Availability depends on current project load – email us to find out more.

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 can make a group reservation by filling out the request form below.

For more information, contact [email protected]