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8014 Marine WayIrvine, CA 92618



At Second Harvest, volunteers make up 42% of our workforce. So, when we say we literally can’t accomplish our mission to end hunger in Orange County without volunteers, we mean it! Second Harvest trucks return to the food bank every day with loads of Grocery Rescue (GR) product. The product is mostly perishable and must be effectively and quickly evaluated and sorted. The GR Lead Volunteer assists the Volunteerism Department staff to make sure our Grocery Rescue program runs smoothly. The GR Lead may assist with the explanation, execution, and clean-up of the project, contributing to the operation’s efficiency and an overall positive volunteer experience.


  • Be a friendly face and greet and welcome volunteers in the food distribution center
  • Provide a welcoming and positive experience for all volunteers
  • Assist with leading volunteer teams on project as directed by Second Harvest staff
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to volunteer shift to coordinate with the Volunteerism Department staff
  • Ensure project runs smoothly
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of how to evaluate GR product
  • Answer volunteers’ questions and address issues as they arise, consulting the appropriate staff when applicable
  • Lead volunteers in clean-up as part of the shift


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to take and follow direction well
  • Must be self-directed and skilled at problem solving
  • Must be a consistent weekly volunteer at Second Harvest
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds
  • Must be able to pull/push 30 pounds with a pallet jack
  • Must be at least 18 years old


Volunteers make up 42% of the workforce at Second Harvest Food Bank, and we literally could not achieve our mission to end hunger in Orange County without their help. GR Lead Volunteers will work together with the Volunteerism Department staff to not only ensure volunteer projects run smoothly each shift (which results in food getting out to the people we serve), but to ensure that the volunteers have a positive experience here at Second Harvest.


We are looking for volunteers to consistently commit to at least one shift per week, for a minimum of 3 months. Shifts are available Monday through Saturday at the following times:

Monday: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30 - 11:30 AM or 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Friday: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Saturday: 8:30 - 11:30 AM or 12:30 - 3:30 PM


On-the-job training and supervision will be provided by the Volunteerism Department.


  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Relationship Building
  • Multi-Tasking
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18

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