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.
If you are interested in joining us in the fight against hunger, we could use you. 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.
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.
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. | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: Closed for volunteers
Have a heart for hunger? Join us from 5:30-8pm on Wednesday, February 14 for a special PALentine’s Day Volunteer Session! Grab a friend, a group of buddies, or your main squeeze and head out to the Food Bank’s warehouse to help sort and pack food donations for distribution to our neighbors in need. Volunteers who attend this extra-fun session will be rewarded with complimentary chocolates and free entries into a raffle for some GREAT prizes being drawn every half hour during the session.
Prizes include: Wild Island attraction passes, free dozen donuts from Doughboys, gift basket from Bella Italia of Sierra Italia Inc, family Archery Experience for 4 at Wasting Arrows, and $50 to spend at Roundabout Grill inside Whitney Peak.
Space is limited. Head on over to the Volunteer Scheduling page to register.
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. During the summer, we also need volunteers at some of our larger Kids Cafe Summer Meals sites.
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!
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.
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, Amanda Sharkey.
Prior to volunteering, all individuals and groups must make a reservation so we can plan an appropriate task for the number of volunteers.
Did you know many employers will make a monetary donation on behalf of an employee as a match for their volunteer hours? Check to see if your company provides a volunteer match to double the impact your time spent volunteering with the Food Bank will have on our neighbors in need.
Children over the age of 10 are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Must be 16 and over to participate without an adult.
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.
Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Sharkey, or call (775) 785-5957.