Volunteers are vital to Second Harvest Food Bank, we depend on the time and efforts of our volunteers to help us better serve our community.

Volunteer Hours

Monday 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

Tuesday 12:30 pm- 3:00 pm

Thursday 12:30 pm- 3:00 pm

* Call to inquire about additional days and times

** Volunteer hours are subject to change according to warehouse needs

We are always looking for Mobile Fresh Distribution Volunteers.
We have openings at our Manteca, Tracy, and Lathrop sites. They are scheduled twice monthly and last no more than 2 hours, you are responsible for handing food out at our mobile produce distributions. A truly rewarding job that puts you face to face with those that we serve. For more information and to sign up please contact Kirsten or Stephanie at mobilefresh@secondharvest.org or 209-239-2091.

Group Opportunities

Group volunteer opportunities are scheduled on an individual basis and in advance to ensure the best use of time.

Large groups can choose to adopt a Mobile Fresh Distribution Day which is wonderful for team building opportunities.  To schedule volunteer days please contact Jessica at jvaughan@secondharvest.org or 209-239-2091.

Special Event Volunteers

We do need volunteers for our Empty Bowls Benefit, Hit the Streets for Hunger, Chili Pot Cook Off and Holiday Giving Season

We do need volunteers for our Empty Bowls Benefit, Hit the Streets for Hunger, Chili Pot Cook Off and Holiday Giving Season events that are scheduled throughout the year. You can sign up in advance by contacting Jessica at jvaughan@secondharvest.org or 209-239-2091.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In the warehouse you will be sorting the numerous food items that are donated daily including canned goods, dry goods, produce etc. At Mobile Fresh you will be working the distribution lines, handing out nutrition education, carrying bags to cars.
  • At special events jobs can include set up/tear down, event assistance like raffle sales, ticket taking, etc.
As often as your schedule allows, we are very flexible and glad for the help!
  • Please dress according to the weather outside volunteer work is done in a warehouse so the temperature can either be very warm or quite cool.
  • No open-toed shoes will be allowed in the warehouse, closed-toed shoes must be worn at all times.
  • You can bring gloves if you would like but we will also provide them to you.
  • Due to the use of forklifts and other machinery in the warehouse we do not allow headphones while on the floor.
  • We ask that cell phone useage be limited only to the kitchen or designated areas.
Yes! We do need volunteers for the special events that we throw throughout the year simply contact Jessica at the Second Harvest offices to sign up at either 209-239-2091 or jvaughan@secondharvest.org

Each October we host a volunteer appreciation event where we recognize your awesomeness!

  • Yes! Especially during the Holiday Season October- January
  • You must have a clean driving record as we add you to our insurance and you drive our vehicles
  • Yes volunteers in the warehouse must be 18 years or older for insurance purposes
  • Exceptions can be made for large groups but they need to be set up in advance