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The Alameda Food Bank is currently serving 800 families a week.

We always need volunteers for food packing and sorting as well as client check-in, food distribution, traffic control, set-up and clean-up.  Volunteers must be vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination and masks must be worn inside at all times.

At this time, we are looking for volunteers who can make an on-going, weekly commitment to the AFB.

This makes it easier for us to train a consistent roster of volunteers who will become adept at performing a variety of jobs. Please contact the Program Manager to discuss reserving a shift on an ongoing basis.

Age Limits

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.


Volunteers should go to 650 West Ranger Avenue, Alameda for their shift and park in the lot at the corner of Pan Am Way and West Ranger Avenue.

Vaccination Requirement

Effective February 1, 2022, the Alameda Food Bank will only allow those who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination series, includes boosters, to volunteer with us. We kindly ask our volunteers to submit proof of their up-to-date vaccination status to our Program Manager.

Code of Conduct

Volunteers must read the Volunteer Handbook (PDF) and sign our Release of Liability prior to attending a volunteer shift.

NOTE: We are no longer able to verify court appointed volunteer hours. If you need to complete court appointed hours you will need to complete them with another organization.

Your Valuables

Valuables and nonessential personal items should be left at home or in your vehicle.

Dress Appropriately

Closed-toe shoes are required. Please dress appropriately for a warehouse environment.

Sign Up for a Shift

Shifts are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and vary between two and three hours each.

Check for open shifts that work with your schedule. Specific assignments will be determined upon arrival. Please arrive on-time and prepared to stay for the entire shift.

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Thank You

Thank you for your support and remember to check the AFB website frequently for updates.

Our hours and policies may change in order to comply with the latest government recommendations and requirements. It is our mission to meet the needs of the community and our volunteers in the safest way possible.

Contact the Program Manager with any questions.

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The Food Bank was founded in 1977 by a group of concerned local citizens who saw the need in the community for a source of free food for those in need.

P.O. Box 2167
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 523-5850

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