Become a Food Bank Volunteer!

  • 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!
    PSU Lady Lions

    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. 
    Volunteer of the Year
    Pam and Todd Arbogast
     Pam and Todd

    Todd and Pam volunteer at the Food Bank every Monday morning and often step in to help elsewhere as needs arise. Pam's primary role is receiving and sorting donated producs such as fresh produce and bakery items. Todd's primary role is as a van driver, doing donation pick-ups and drop-offs. They are also invaluable as leaders during the Food Bank's major food drives like the Boy Scouts Scouting for Food drive, the Postal Carriers Stamp Out Hunger drive, and CANstruction. As the cans and boxes of food flow throug the Food Bank doors, Todd and Pam can be found working day in and day out, squinting to find expiration dates, sorting food into boxes and onto shelves, and keeping things organized in the warehouse. They put in many extra hours helping to sort and organize thousands of pounds of food! In the 18 months since they jined our ranks, the Arbogasts have logged over 450 hours of volunteer service at the Food Bank! Pam and Todd are outstanding community volunteers, and their enthusiasm and hard work are a blessing to the State College Area Food Bank. We thank you, Todd and Pam, a thousand times over for all that you do! 



  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: At this time we have the following volunteer opportunities:     
    • We accept applications for all positions through-out the year.  All volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation Session. 
    • To apply for a volunteer position, please click on Volunteer Application to the left and complete the process of applying to be a volunteer.
    • The next New Volunteer Orientation sessions will take place in Spring 2018 (unless there is a need for volunteers before this).  If you submitted an application, but have not heard from us at the Food Bank, please call Virginia at 814-234-2310.  If you have not submitted your application, please submit your application to   Remember ALL volunteers must go through New Volunteer Orientation.

    Volunteers are the backbone of our operations, and typically provide over 11,000 volunteer hours yearly helping the Food Bank! Thanks to all our volunteers without whom we could not fulfill our mission of providing food assistance to families in need.

    Did you know... currently there are approximately 100 individuals who volunteer at the Food Bank on a regular basis?