Thanks to our proximity to Penn State, the State College School District, and other groups like RSVP, we receive an abundance of great volunteers during the regular school year. During the summer months and over major holidays, however, we are often in need of additional volunteers. That's when we need volunteers to sort incoming donations and place onto storage shelves. If you would like to help us fulfill our mission of providing food to those in need in Centre County, consider helping out during these times .
Volunteer shifts are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00 (until 5:00 on Mondays). Occasionally there may be volunteer opportunities outside of those hours. Please make sure to indicate your hours of availability on the volunteer form.
Volunteer shifts are SCHEDULED. Please do not come to the Food Bank without first scheduling with the Operations Manager. Groups are used for special projects and events. We do not utilize groups for regular distribution. We rely on our regular volunteers to maintain consistency with distribution. Thank you for understanding this!
The Penn State Lady Lion Basketball team helping at the Food Bank.
PSU STUDENTS: Please DO NOT WAIT until mid to late semester/year to sign up as time slots fill up quickly. We cannot guarantee that we can fulfill the number of hours that you need to complete, especially when requests are made at the last minute. Must commit a minimum of 20 hours to volunteer (even if the required hours are less).
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Due to confidentiality, all students in high school or middle school cannot volunteer during client service distribution (no exceptions). We recommend submitting your application in the late spring for summer hours. In addition, a parent MUST accompany anyone under the age of 18 during their volunteer hours.
CLIENTS: Effective September 1, 2013, clients are not permitted to volunteer at the Food Bank due to confidentiality and fairness to all clients. This includes family members. We will accept applications of former clients if they have not used services at the Food Bank for 12 months or longer. We encourage clients to give back by volunteering at other United Way partner agencies or other Human Service agencies.