Emergency Food Network distributes food to 70 food banks, meal sites, and shelters in Pierce County. Many of these sites are entirely run by volunteers or rely heavily on volunteer assistance to accommodate the 117,000 visits made each month. In addition, we work hand-in-hand with numerous other non-profits throughout Pierce County to help provide resources to our neighbors during their time of need. Listed below are other volunteer opportunities available with our friends and partners.
Last updated: March 20, 2017
Location: 3543 E. McKinley Avenue, Tacoma, 98404Volunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:
- Sort through donations
- Stock shelves
- Re-bagging food items
- Help get delivery order together
- Client check-in
- Line monitor to hand out snacks to clients
- Keeping the food bank clean; cleaning shelves/sweep/mopping/trash out/cleaning trash cans
- Follow necessary policies and procedures
- Ability to move around the food bank
- Ability to place items on shelves
- Ability to follow directions and communicate with others
- Ability to lift, stand, stooping
- Ability to complete food orders
- Ability to work with others
- Positive attitude
Location: 2610 Sunset Dr. West, University Place, 98464
Contact: Angi Unger (253) 460-3134 X3, firstname.lastname@example.org
New volunteers: please email or call to set up a time to come in, take a tour, and decide on tasks or dates and times.
Wide variety of opportunities for volunteers to choose from
- Repackage bulk foods
- Harvest gardens on service days
- Take inventory weekly
- Clean out the refrigerators and freezers
- Wipe down shelves and then restock them
- Sort and date check canned goods
- Sort produce and distribute food to clients
Serve clients on Tuesday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Thursday 3:30 – 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. UP Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help serve clients as well as work behind the scenes jobs Monday – Saturday, from approximately 9:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Harvest Pierce County (program of Pierce Conservation District)
Contact: (253) 278-6215Volunteer Description
Gleaning is the ancient practice of collecting leftover produce after commercial harvest. For centuries field gleaning has been a valuable resource to people in poverty. Many formal gleaning programs like Harvest Pierce County’s Gleaning Project have been established to help meet the growing need for food assistance, minimize waste, and build community. Volunteers are needed to help glean produce throughout Pierce County.
Location: 1916 Key Peninsula Highway N Lake Bay, 98349
Contact: Kimberly Miller, email@example.comVolunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:
Stocking shelves with dry goods, inventory (counting product), escorting clients through the shopping rooms, cleaning (vacuuming, wiping down windows, sweeping, cleaning totes) bagging Panera bread and or pet food(s), bagging fresh produce, breaking down card board, loading vans for deliveries, folding clothes, hanging up clothes after inbound inspection, laundry (cleaning rags), rotating stock and other assignments as needed and or the volunteer is capable.
- Wednesday from 1:00 – 8:30 pm
- Friday from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
- Saturday from 12:30 – 5:30 pm
To learn more, please email or visit their website. You will receive a volunteer handbook and business code of conduct. Flexible scheduling is available and all support is welcome! Children under the age of 13 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Location: 3009 S 40th St, Tacoma, WA 98409Volunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:
PCAF Client Food Program volunteers organize and create nutritional food bags to be distributed to clients. This opportunity includes organizing the bags, maintaining a food sign-in sheet, and distributing the bags to clients every Thursday.
This is a weekly opportunity, every Thursday from 8:30am-12:30pm. Since a sufficient amount of training happens with a volunteer before they begin this assignment, we ask that our food program volunteers be prepared to commit to their Thursday shift for at least 6 months.
Location: 1323 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405
Contact: Megan Capes, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.orgVolunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:
Volunteer Description: Volunteers assist at the St Leo Food Connection food bank 6 days a week by escorting clients around the grocery store-style food line, sorting and processing donations, unloading and loading trucks, and occasional warehouse work.
They are also looking for weekly support for their Urban Cleaner Drivers team, Check-In Computer Operator, and Office Assistant.
Time: St Leo Food Connection is open for volunteering every Monday through Saturdays starting at 8:30am.
Other Comments: To get started, please email Megan to set up an Orientation appointment. Appointments are available typically every Tuesday through Friday from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Saturday appointment by request.
Location: 12115 Park Avenue South, Tacoma WA 98444
Contact: Wanda Wentworth, email@example.comVolunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:
Volunteer Description: Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions at the Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry. Resource organization, on-site lead volunteers, “Preservin’ for the Hungry” intern for apple sauce canning, and help maintaining the garden!
They are also looking for weekly support for their bread pick-ups, Mother Earth Farm pick-ups, and grant research!