Volunteers truly are the heart of the Food Bank, and we’re excited that you’re interested in volunteering with us! It’s a fun and rewarding experience, and a potentially life-changing way to tackle the ongoing hunger problem here in northern Nevada. Together, we can solve hunger!

Whether you are a self-motivated individual volunteer, represent a community or employee group, or are looking for school or work-related, or court-ordered community service opportunities, there’s something for you to do to help at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. You’ll have fun and  help those less fortunate in our region.  All are welcome over the age of ten years of age.  Children between the ages of 10 and 16 who volunteer must be accompanied by an adult.

Sorting and repackaging food at our warehouse
Distributing food to clients at any of our many Mobile Pantry or Senior Food Box sites
Helping out at special events hosted by or benefiting the Food Bank

Tuesday – Thursday: 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. / 5:30 p.m -8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. / 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. / 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no warehouse sessions on Tuesday, March 17.

Ready to get started?  Great!  Please complete the Individual or Group Volunteer Application. Once your application has been submitted, visit the Volunteer Information Center to view the calendar of upcoming volunteer opportunities and schedule yourself or your group for a date and time that works well for you.

Please note: Prior to volunteering, all individuals and groups must make a reservation so we can plan an appropriate task for the number of volunteers. 

Children over 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
Must be 16 and over to participate without an adult

Court-Mandated Community Service
Charges related to an act of violence or theft of any kind are prohibited.
Every shift must be scheduled in advance.  We require a minimum of 48 hour's notice.  No walk-ins.
Must provide additional documentation, including specific offense and case number.
Upon completion of hours, we require 72 hours' notice to prepare verification or completion letter.

Need more information? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Burdick, at maburdick@fbnn.org or call (775) 785-5957.

Last year our volunteers gave 24,000+ hours of their time, talent and dedication that helped us to feed more than 200,000 people. This is the equivalent of 10 full time employees that helped keep our costs in check and feed more people. 

Once a year we recognize groups and individuals for their efforts. The top groups in 2013 were:
Sierra Nevada Job Corps
Boy Scout Troop 443
Pro Net
Reed High School  National Honor Society
Sparks Christian Fellowship
Wells Fargo
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Nevada
K oinonia Family Services
Summit Christian Church
Haws Corporation

Many, many individuals also make volunteering an integral part of their lives to help others who have less know that the community cares.
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Already a Volunteer?

Registered volunteers can view upcoming opportunities and schedule volunteer shifts through the Volunteer Information Center .