How to Get Involved
The Alameda Food Bank is run by unpaid volunteers, led by a full time Director and a full time Program Coordinator. Volunteering at the Food Bank provides an opportunity to assist people in our community with some of their most fundamental needs. Our programs are ideal for individuals and families who live in the City of Alameda. If you live outside of Alameda, you may wish to visit helpnow.org or volunteermatch.org for opportunities in your community.
Policy on Youth Volunteers
The Alameda Food Bank welcomes youth volunteers at our First Saturday/CFS program the first Saturday of each month, 9 AM to 1 PM at our warehouse at 650 West Ranger Ave in Alameda. Please note that this is not a drop-in volunteer opportunity and is by appointment only. If interested, you must email or call (510-523-5850) the Alameda Food Bank to reserve a spot.
The warehouse is a space for professional food storage by designated professional staff and volunteers, and as such, is not always safe for youth and children. Therefore:
- Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.
- Volunteers who are 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian the entire volunteer shift.
- Volunteers who are 16-17 years old must have a letter from a parent/guardian giving them permission to volunteer without supervision of adults.
Following is a list of volunteer opportunities at the Alameda Food Bank. All of these positions require at least a six-month commitment. If a position you are interested in is not open at this time, please check back here since volunteers’ schedules can change. If you are interested in volunteering for these or perhaps other positions at the Food Bank, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your information and we will get back to you within three business days.
OPEN Produce Packer: Thursday 12-2 PM shift. Receive and prepare Trader Joe’s donations.
Ideal Volunteer: Organizational skills, ability to lift 40 lbs. No client contact.
OPEN New Client Intake: Thursday 12-2 PM shift. Complete intake of our clients as we travel to 2 different senior centers in Alameda helping those who can’t come to our regular programs.
Requires comfort with using a computer and sensitivity for people under stress.
How to Contact Us: If you are interested in volunteering for these or perhaps other positions at the Food Bank, please send us an email to email@example.com with your information and we will get back to you within three business days.