Want to Volunteer? Start Here!


Welcome to our volunteer site! Volunteers represent an integral part of the success of Second Harvest's ability to help provide food to people in need in our community. Last year, volunteers contributed more than 316,000 hours of service, which more than doubled the size of our staff!

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties involves hundreds of volunteers each week in all aspects of our operation. We welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and interest for the benefit of others in our community. We have individual and group volunteer opportunities for those who are 14 years of age or older.

How would you like to fight hunger?

There are many ways that volunteers support our mission of providing food to people in need in our community. Browse our current opportunities to get started:

Food Sorts: Sorting food at our warehouses is a popular way to help. These activities are perfect for individuals or groups whether you come once a week or once a year. See our schedules and sign up to help at San Jose's Cypress Center or our Bing Center in San Carlos.

Distribute Food in the Community: Some of our most dedicated volunteers help through distributing food at hundreds of sites throughout our two counties. This is best for individuals or small groups willing to commit to weekly or monthly support.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities: We need volunteers to help with everything from data entry to educating about nutrition. If you can commit to ongoing support in one of our three facilities, check out these activities.


Looking for other opportunities to help? Here are some more great ideas! We also have some suggested activities for families and youth.



Do you know how a Food Bank works? Watch this quick video to meet Kate and her family. Learn about our mission and how your volunteering makes it all happen!


Ready to volunteer?

  1. Review our Requirements Section
    Permission Slip
    Volunteer Agreement

  2. Check out our Volunteer Opportunities and locations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

  3. Interested in volunteering on a regular basis? Please complete the Volunteer Information form listing days, times, and frequency you are available, as well as a description of your skill sets, experience, and what you would like to do as a volunteer. Submit to Kristin Sulpizio (ksulpizio@shfb.org), Director of Volunteer Services.

  4. Contact us by email or phone to schedule an opportunity.

  5. Maps:
    Curtner Center (750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose)
    Curtner Center Additional Parking (pdf)
    Cypress Center (4001 North 1st Street, San Jose)
    Bing Center (1051 Bing Street, San Carlos)

Thank you for thinking of the Food Bank. We look forward to meeting and working with you!

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People do more than sort food when they're here at the Food Bank; they transform lives.

The best gift to receive is one from the heart.
Thank you for giving of your time and talent,
and for doing so with such kindness.

Kris Sulpizio
Director of Volunteer Services

Find Us On Facebook

Hey Volunteers!

Share your photographs and show your support of the Food Bank on our Facebook page!

Check out photos from our 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Carnival!

Many thanks to our Merchant Donors for helping to make the event a success.