Volunteers help make our programs possible each week. There are volunteer opportunities Tuesdays through Saturdays, including afternoon and evenings.
Volunteers 6 years and older can participate in a variety of food sorting activities.
Food Sorting may include any of the following:
Produce Gleaning: Volunteers help to sort produce that comes in largely through the California Association of Food Banks or from local donors. This produce doesn’t pass the grocery store test where everything is the same size, shape, and color, but often looks like something you might find in your home garden. Volunteers help to sort out any produce that don’t meet our safety standards for distribution through programs, including our Mobile Pantry.
Reclamation: Volunteers help to sort food that has been pulled from grocery store shelves and is headed to the landfill even though 60% is still good to eat. Volunteers help to check printed expiration dates, with their extended best by date. Then they sort the food by type, box it up, and get it ready to go to the community.
Repack: We procure bulk product, like in 50 pound bags, to reduce costs and then repack the items into smaller, family friendly sized portions for our clients. We repack beans, rice, cereals, and more. We seal, label, box, and palletize each bag, and then send them out to the community through our partner agencies.
Label: Volunteers help to label blank cans called brites with nutrition information. These cans are donated by donors who overproduced and don’t want to spend the extra money to label product they aren’t going to sell. We label and box the product and then get it out to the community through partner agencies and programs.
Food Sorting projects are then complete after project cleanup, to help us maintain our high level of food safety standards throughout our Distribution Center.
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 6
- 2 hours
- Under 16 years old must volunteer with guardian