COVID-19 VOLUNTEER UPDATE

Your health and safety is very important to us. To help ensure your continued safety, and that of our team and the people we serve throughout the Big Bend, we will begin requiring all volunteers to wear masks beginning Monday, April 27. We ask that you bring a mask with you in you have one; if not, Second Harvest will provide a temporary mask for your use.

Please see our “CEO Message” to review our protocols undertaken to help ensure the safety of our volunteers, partners, staff and community during this crisis. Thank you!

Individual Volunteers 

Join us in 3 easy steps:

  1. Create a volunteer account on our VolunteerHub 
  2. Email Alyssa Lewis at alewis@fightinghunger.org to activate your account
  3. Sign up for an event on VolunteerHub!

Group/Corporate Volunteers

Group volunteers are groups that consist of 5 or more volunteers.

To schedule your group shift, please contact Alyssa Lewis at alewis@fightinghunger.org. Please provide the following information:

  1. Name of group
  2. Group contact person
  3. Number of volunteers
  4. Volunteer date(s) requested

Court-Ordered Community Service 

We accept court-ordered community service volunteers, except for violent or sexual offenders.  Please contact Alyssa Lewis at alewis@fightinghunger.org to sign-up for orientation.

As of 3-25-20, Court-Ordered Community Service is Temporarily Suspended

FAQ

  1. Where do I volunteer?
    Our warehouse is located at 4446 Entrepot Blvd (near the airport).
  2. When can I volunteer?
    Our warehouse is open for volunteering Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm. Limited weekend and evening shifts are available.
  3. How old do I have to be to volunteer?
    The minimum age requirement to volunteer in our active warehouse is 12 years of age. Age restrictions vary by volunteer activity; please check the volunteer calendar. Children between the ages of 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering, and is 18 years of age or older. A minimum of one chaperone per four children is required.
  4. Do I have to schedule in advance or can I just show up?
    All volunteering must be scheduled in advance on our VolunteerHub.
  5. What should I wear?
    Closed toe shoes are MANDATORY. Please wear comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
  6. What should I bring with me?
    We provide everything you need for all activities, including water! If you’d like to add extra impact to your day, one great way to do that is to bring one or more shelf-stable food item. Most-wanted items for the food bank include: canned fruits and vegetables, hearty soups and stews, cereal, canned protein and peanut butter.
  7. Do I have to attend a training session prior to volunteering?
    Only court-ordered volunteers must attend a one-time, 30-minute new volunteer orientation prior to volunteering.
    As of 3-25-20, Court-Ordered Community Service is Temporarily Suspended
  8. What time do I need to arrive?
    Please arrive promptly at the start of your volunteer shift.
  9. What do I do once I arrive at the Food Bank?
    Please check in at the front desk, and the volunteer coordinator will direct you to the volunteer areas.
  10. What do I do if I cannot make my volunteer shift?
    If you cannot attend your volunteer shift, please email alewis@fightinghunger.org at least 24 hours in advance. When we have fewer people than planned, we can’t pack or distribute as much food as needed, and that really impacts the people we serve.
  11. Can I volunteer for community service hours for my school, church, ect?
    Yes, Alyssa Lewis will be able to sign documentation showing your volunteer activity. Please give her 24 hour notice for hour verification.
  12. Can I volunteer for court-ordered community service hours?
    We accept court-ordered community service volunteers, except for violent or sexual offenders.  Please contact Alyssa Lewis at alewis@fightinghunger.org.
    As of 3-25-20, Court-Ordered Community Service is Temporarily Suspended

For any additional questions, please contact: 
Alyssa Lewis, Community Relations Coordinator; 850-562-3033, ext. 221
Email: alewis@fightinghunger.org