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Alameda County Community Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank partners with more than 200 food pantries, hot-meal programs, senior centers and other non-profits to distribute millions of pounds of food every year. Some of our "partner agencies," as we call them, pick up the food they distribute from the "Community Market" at our warehouse in Oakland. We need volunteers' help to maintain the shopping floor -- the individual will aim to serve as another resource (in addition to staff) to whom Shoppers can ask questions, provide product information, in addition to specific duties laid out below.

Community Market Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one regular weekday morning (7:30-11:30am) for at least a month.


  • Ensure a smooth flow of daily operations on the shopping floor through the following :
  1. Safely guiding shoppers through the shopping floor.
  2. Replenishing the produce section to ensure constant, ample assortment.
  3. Consistently keeping shelves stocked.
  4. Keeping floor clean and removing any damaged product from the floor.
  5. Assist in the perseverance of food safety practices - especially with perishable items.
  • Engage and interact with customers to create a positive shopping experience.
  • Assist with safely loading agency shopping carts and vehicles.
  • Monitoring activity to reduce theft
  • Report any suspicious activity on the premise to staff.


  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of the Food Bank
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team setting with people of diverse backgrounds/circumstances.
  • Volunteer must be at least fifteen (15) years of age.
  • Volunteer must be capable of standing for long periods.
  • Volunteer must demonstrate the ability to work with others.
  • Volunteer must be willing to commit to six (6) months.
  • This position is in an open warehouse environment and requires working for a full shift while exposed to seasonal weather temperatures.
  • Volunteers must be comfortable working near and responding to moving vehicles, equipment and loud noises.
  • Ability to participate/assist in physical tasks and/or activities which include: bending, reaching, lifting and moving pallets or products weighing in excess of 50lbs.

IMPORTANT: For your safety and the safety of our staff and community, please note:

  • Volunteers must be age 18 or older.
  • We encourage volunteers to follow the CDC recommendation that populations at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness (age 65+ and those with underlying medical conditions) continue to self-isolate, but we will not be prohibiting them from volunteer service.
  • Volunteers must register. Volunteers cannot be admitted on a drop-in basis.
  • All volunteers will be required to:
    • Complete a daily health survey addressing areas including (but not limited) to symptoms, social distance practicing, and travel.
    • Adhere to distancing guidelines at all times.
    • Wear self-provided face coverings that meet CDC standards and Food Bank-provided gloves.
    • Wash hands frequently, assist in facility sanitizing, and follow all CDC recommendations.

Please send an e-mail to volunteer@accfb.org or call the Volunteer Team at (510) 635-3663 ext. 308 in order to get information about volunteering.

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About Alameda County Community Food Bank


7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA 94621, US

Mission Statement

To alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes.

Please visit http://www.accfb.org/volunteer.html to sign up.


Founded in 1985, the Food Bank's primary purpose is to collect and distribute nutritious food to Alameda County's low income residents. The Food Bank accomplishes this through its network of 300 hunger relief agencies which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, residential and day programs, shelters, and USDA distribution sites. In the 2010-11 Fiscal Year, the Alameda County Community Food Bank distributed over 20 million pounds of food to provide food assistance to 49,000 people in need each week.



We'll work with your schedule.


7900 Edgewater DriveOakland, CA 94621




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • A weekly 4-hour shift for at least six (6) months

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