The dedication of caring, compassionate community members offering their time is an integral part of our work. We welcome and appreciate your commitment and talent.

covid-19 mask update 1/10/2022:

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the neighbors we serve continues to be of the upmost importance to all of us at the Food Bank.  Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases in our community, all staff and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times, both indoors and out.  We encourage you to remain diligent in social distancing as much as possible while completing your volunteer tasks and kindly ask that you contact us to cancel your volunteer registration if you are not feeling well.

Help feed thousands with just a couple hours of your time

The dedication of caring, compassionate community members is an integral part of our work, and we welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and interest in joining us in the fight against hunger.  Volunteering is a truly rewarding experience, and we look forward to showing you just how much fun it can be, too.  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.

Distribution Center

It all starts here. Keeping the shelves of our warehouse stocked with food ready to be distributed to neighbors in need is a vital part of the work that we rely on our volunteers to help us with. Volunteers working at the Food Bank’s distribution center take on the task of sorting and packing non-perishable food items generously donated by the community. Our warehouse volunteers also help with packing boxes distributed to seniors through the Commodity and Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and sorting and packing bulk produce for distribution through our Mobile Harvest program and Partner Agencies. The Food Bank happily welcomes individuals and groups of all sizes to our warehouse.

Regular Volunteer Hours for Warehouse Shifts:

Tuesday – Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday & Monday: Closed for volunteers

Please note: for the safety of our volunteers, Closed-toe shoes are mandatory when volunteering in the warehouse OR AT DISTRIBUTIONS.

Distribute Food in the Community

Want to see the impact you’re having first-hand? Consider volunteering at any of our client distribution programs. We recruit volunteers for Mobile Harvest and Senior CSFP box distribution throughout our service area.

FEeding our Community Survey

The Food Bank is doing a year-long survey to find out more about the families we serve and to find out how we can better serve our community.  We are looking for Regional Site Coordinators (mostly remote position) and bilingual site volunteers to hand out invitations to take the survey.  Please email Vickie directly if you are interested in this opportunity at vfisher@fbnn.org.

Special Events

Throughout the year, the Food Bank hosts and participates in several community events. Periodically, these events need volunteers to help facilitate and run them. We’d love to have you join us!

Administrative Support

From time to time, the Food Bank needs help with mailings, database management, courtesy calls and other clerical duties in our offices. Administrative volunteers are recruited on an as-needed basis. Please let us know if you’d like to be added to our list of administrative volunteers.


We understand that you may sign up to volunteer with the Food Bank and later need to change your plans.  During this time, it is critical that we have an accurate count of the number of volunteers to expect at any of our sessions.  If you need to cancel for any reason, please take the time to let us know either by canceling your registration in CERVIS or contacting our volunteer coordinator Vickie Fisher at vfisher@fbnn.org or 775-785-1431.

Court-Mandated Community Service Policy

Please note: You must contact us prior to scheduling any hours that are to be applied toward court-mandated community service.  Any sessions completed without first receiving approval may not count towards mandated hours.

Charges related to an act of violence of any kind are prohibited.
Every shift must be scheduled in advance.
We require a minimum of 48 hours’ 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.


If you are feeling well and wish to join us in serving our community, we would love to have you volunteer with the Food Bank.  Please help us in taking the following precautions during your time volunteering:

  • Volunteers aged 10+ only
  • Updated Face Masks/Coverings Policy (As of Friday, July 30, 2021) Per the State’s directive, masks/face coverings are required indoors for all volunteers who are volunteering in the warehouse, whether vaccinated or not.Masks/face coverings  are not required for fully vaccinated volunteers who are volunteering outside.Any UNVACCINATED individual including anyone under 12 is required to wear a mask at all times.We fully support those VACCINATED individuals who personally choose to continue wearing masks for their own safety. We ask that respect and kindness be granted to those who choose to wear a mask and those who may not be vaccinated.
  • Volunteers will be working in small groups of 10-12 people with tasks set up to allow for social distancing.
    • Please help us in observing social distancing by keeping 6+ft distance from others while working.
  • Because it is so important to maintain our small group count, please only attend volunteer sessions that you have a confirmed registration for.
  • Wash your hands frequently, including before beginning tasks and at the end of your volunteer session.
  • Volunteers are required to wear gloves during all tasks.
  • If you are not feeling well, we kindly ask that you not attend volunteer activities.

Ready to get started?

Great! Please create your volunteer account by submitting the New Volunteer Application.  You’ll then be able to view all of our current volunteer opportunities and schedule yourself for sessions.  To get started as a new volunteer group, you should also complete the Volunteer Group Request Form. To inquire about current special event or administrative support opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Vickie Fisher.

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

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Youth Policy

Children over the age of 10 are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Must be 16 and over to participate without an adult.

Need more information?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Vickie Fisher via email or call (775) 785-1431.

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