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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: December 16, 2016

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank

Location: 3543 E. McKinley Avenue, Tacoma, 98404

Contact: Tanzy, (253) 426-1994, or Dandrea, (253) 212-2778

Volunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:


Key Responsibilities:

  • 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

Skills Required:

  • 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

Find the volunteer application here!

Families Unlimited Network – (University Place Food Bank)

Location: 2610 Sunset Dr. West, University Place, 98464

Contact: Angi Unger (253) 460-3134 X3,
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.

Volunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:
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)

Location: Varies

Contact: (253) 278-6215

Volunteer 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.


Key Peninsula Bischoff Food Bank

Location: 1916 Key Peninsula Highway N Lake Bay, 98349

Contact: Kimberly Miller,, 425-444-2374

Volunteer 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.

  • Tuesday from 12:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday from 1:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Friday from 1:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Saturday from 12:30 – 5:30 pm

Weekend fundraising opportunities for those who are interested in an “as needed” commitment basis. This may include: car washes, store front collecting donations both food and monetary and or if anyone has a specific idea they would like to orchestrate we are open to any and all suggestions as far as fundraising.


PCAF (Pierce County AIDS Foundation)

Location: 3009 S 40th St, Tacoma, WA 98409

Contact: Hannah Febach, Development & Volunteer Coordinator,, 253-383-2565

Volunteer 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.

St Leo Food Connection

Location: 1323 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405

Contact: Megan Capes, Volunteer Coordinator
(253) 383-5048 or (email is preferred).
To register, please go to the online forms located at:

Volunteer Descriptions and Dates Available:

St Leo Food Bank has the following volunteer opportunities:

Computer Operator: This volunteer opportunity is the first contact with clients of the food bank. They greet and make people feel welcome. They check clients in using a computer database. For new clients, they enter their information into the database, then orient them to the space. This position is sedentary. Hours include 2-3 hour shift that go along with the food bank line. Computer skills are required.

Driver: Drivers assist with urban gleaning, by picking up donations around the area. Drivers connect with staff to make sure that pickups are correct, and then after pick up, make sure to document pickup and see that all donations are loaded properly on the vehicle. Drivers use Food Connection vans and trucks. Volunteers need to have a valid drivers license, clean driving record, and able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Food Line Assistant: This position helps in escorting clients one-on-one through the grocery store model food bank. They guide clients through the food bank and assist with carrying bags when needed. This position occurs during our food bank line hours (volunteers should plan on staying for the whole shift).

Processing Area Support: This position includes food processing along with warehouse work. Jobs include sorting, moving boxes and crates, making individual portions for donation, etc. This volunteer position happens during office hours. Volunteers need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Office Hours: M,W,F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, T&TH 8:30 am – 6pm , Sat 8:30am – 2pm

Food Line Hours: T&TH 11:30 am – 3:30 pm and 4:00 – 6:00 pm; W,F 9:30 – 11 am and 11:30 am – 3:30 pm; Sat 9:30 – 11 am and 11:30 am – 1:30 pm