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At the food bank, we always need volunteers for special projects or day-to-day operations. Healthy volunteers are needed to sort and pack food for distributions. During this time of increased need, please consider volunteering. We require all volunteers to wear a mask.

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Community Service Requests

If you are serving to fulfill court-ordered community service requirements, contact us first.

Take the 40-Hour Challenge in 2021

In 2021, we are encouraging everyone to volunteer at least 40 hours with Feeding the Gulf Coast. Volunteers help us provide hope to those in need by helping sort and box food, pack "backpacks" for our Backpack Program, or pack boxes of food for our Senior Box Program, which provides food for senior citizens in need. Any volunteer who meets this goal by the end of 2021 will receive a special Feeding the Gulf Coast anniversary t-shirt! Accept the challenge and sign up today by contacting Missy Busby.

How to Volunteer During COVID-19

Every volunteer experience is a little different. Here are some opportunities you can do as a volunteer:

  • Sorting and packing. You can get food ready for distribution. Volunteers inspect and sort food donations, which includes checking expiration dates and cans for rust or missing labels and boxing similar items together for our partner organizations. View our Guidelines video.
  • Assisting at no-contact distributions. Help your neighbors feed their families.
  • Volunteering from home. Help fundraise or spread awareness. Take our Volunteer Bingo Challenge to help out digitally. Read the rules here.

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Stay Safe While Volunteering

The health and safety of our food bank volunteers, staff and visitors are our top priority. While volunteering we encourage you to take the following safety measures:

  1. If you feel sick, please stay home. While every volunteer makes a difference, we ask that you not put your health or the health of others at risk. When in doubt, stay home and let your volunteer contact know.
  2. Confirm that volunteers are needed. Every food bank and meal program has different needs and varying safety guidelines during this time. Check with your contact to confirm your schedule and, if you are not sick, please show up.
  3. Follow food bank and CDC safety guidelines. This includes regular handwashing, maintaining a safe distance, and wearing protective equipment like gloves and masks.