The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old. Youth between the ages of 14 - 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years of age or older. Any youth under the age of 18 must have a signed Parent Permission Form. All volunteers must sign our Volunteer Agreement. Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants and leave all personal belongings in your vehicle.
Warehouse Food Sorting
It is estimated that one third of all pounds distributed is touched by our warehouse food sorting volunteers!
Volunteers 14 years of age and older are needed to sort food at our warehouses. Volunteers inspect and categorize donated food products (such as dry goods and produce) and bag, box, or repack to ready for distribution. Training is provided at the beginning of each shift.
Please review our requirements.
Group and individual food sort schedules are listed for each county location. Please click on the Food Bank location listed below for details.
For groups, in addition to these posted food sorts, there are limited Monday – Friday daytime food sorts for groups size 5 to 25. Please select the county you wish to volunteer for daytime hours.
For individuals, in addition to food sorting, we hope you will consider our other opportunities listed here.
Sign up for a sort!
Opportunities available in both counties. Team Leaders are our ambassadors and provide orientation and manage food sorting projects during evening and weekend food sorting shifts. This is a great way to develop your leadership and presentation skills. We will train you on Food Bank facts, how to lead a food sorting project, how to use a pallet jack and about general warehouse safety.
- Requirements: Friendly, outgoing, energetic individuals who would like to donate three hours per shift to help supervise our various food sorting projects.
- Where: Both Second Harvest Food Bank locations.
- When: Sorting opportunities run three hours and are generally two to four times per month in the evenings and on Saturday mornings.
- Commitment: Some volunteer team leaders participate several times a month; others are able to volunteer as infrequently as once every few months.
- Sign-up: Contact the volunteer scheduler for your county
Agency Relations Assistance
Second Harvest and its partner agencies share a mutually beneficial relationship. Central to this is Second Harvest Food Bank's ability to serve low-income individuals and families by providing food to our Partner Agencies, who in turn rely on Second Harvest for a portion of the food they provide to clients. Our partner agencies range from tiny neighborhood faith-based organizations to large organizations such as the Salvation Army or Boys and Girls Clubs. Food is distributed through a range of distribution methods including delivery, on-line ordering, "shopping" at our Curtner or Bing Centers, and at field locations in the community. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of ways with the distribution of food both at our warehouses and out at field sites. Listed below are several opportunities to connect with Second Harvest, our partner agencies, and clients that receive food.
Agency Relations: Checkout Office and Warehouse Volunteer
Location: Curtner Center (750 Curtner Ave., San Jose)
Description: Second Harvest Food Bank depends on their Partner Agencies to help get food to low-income individuals and families. These non-profit organizations, which include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and kids programs, receive most of their food from Second Harvest Food Bank Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed to help with the distribution of the food from our warehouse out to the Partner Agencies.
We are currently looking for ongoing Checkout Office and Warehouse Volunteers to assist with greeting agencies, helping them make food selections, and check food orders for accuracy. This position will also help provide assistance in assuring the agency shopping area is neat and orderly, which may require lifting, cleaning, and stocking the area with food supplies. This volunteer would assist in the creation of food order invoices on a computer, filing and organizing paperwork, and informing agencies of any special offerings and nutrition resources. If you enjoy an environment that allows you to work in a warehouse and in an office, this is the position for you.
- Willing to work in a warehouse environment
- Computer Entry (will train)
- Ability to read and write English
- Enjoy working with people
- Strong customer service skills
- Willing to work independently and as a team
- Ability to lift up to 40lbs
- Minimum of 18 years of age
Hours: We are looking for someone who can come in at least once a week. Available Openings: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: For further information please contact Alisha Keezer-Lewis at 408-266-8866 ext.226 or firstname.lastname@example.org