Become a Food Bank Volunteer!

  • The State College Food Bank is a fun and rewarding place to volunteer! If you would like to help us fulfill our mission of providing food to those in need in Centre County, consider filling out an application to be a Food Bank volunteer.
    Our daily volunteer shifts are as follows:
    Monday - Friday (daily) from 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Mondays from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Fridays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Occasionally there may be volunteer opportunities outside of the hours listed above. Please make sure to indicate your availability on the volunteer application form. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at if you have questions about voluteering.
    New volunteers must go through a training program and are assigned to a regular weekly shift. Volunteer groups are utilized for special projects and events. 
    PSU Lady Lions

    The Penn State Lady Lion Basketball team helping at the Food Bank.

    CHILDREN AND YOUTH: The Food Bank has limited volunteer opportunities for children and youth 18 years old and younger. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator regarding volunteer opportunities for children and youth.
    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 of clients. We encourage clients to give back to the community by volunteering at other United Way partner agencies or other Human Service agencies. 
    COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Food Bank accepts applications from individuals and groups who have community service requirements, including requirements related to academics, extracurricular activities, and court mandated service. Applications will be considered based on the required number of service hours, timeframe in which hours must be completed, and the nature of/reason for the community service requirement. Please make sure to indicate your community service requirements on the volunteer application form.
    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! 



    • We accept applications for all positions at any time throughout the year. To apply for a volunteer position, please click on "Volunteer Application" link in the left-hand column and complete and send your application.


    • New volunteers are trained and added to the volunteer schedule on an as-needed basis. If new volunteers are not needed at the time of your application, you will be notified, and you can request to be added to the volunteer wait list.


    • All volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation Session and complete the necessary training and paperwork. 


    • If you have submitted an application but have not heard back from the Food Bank within a few weeks, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (814) 234-2310 or send an email to
    Volunteers are the backbone of our operation and typically provide over 11,000 volunteer hours each year to help the Food Bank! Thanks to all of 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 115 individuals who volunteer at the Food Bank on a regular basis?