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
    Lisa Hayes
     Lisa Hayes

    Lisa Hayes, a Lewistown native, has gone out to explore the world and brought back her flair and knowledge to help the State College Food Bank. Lisa recently joined Barton Malow Company with 15 years of experience in the Architecture, Design and Construction Industry. When Lisa isn't working, you can find her with those she loves most, her husband and daughter. They will most likely be playing with their three cats and new puppy. That is assuming they are not off on a fun adventure. 

    As a philanthropic, community-minded individual, Lisa was driven to help by her desire to fight childhood hunger. Having overcome incredibly difficult times herself, Lisa was compelled to found CANstruction State College, a charitable competition in which teams build artistic structures using canned food, to give back to the Food Bank. Lisa has been the chairperson of this event for the past 3 years. 

    With thousands of hours put into CANstruction, Lisa's leadership has helped provide the Food Bank with over 23,000 pounds of food and over $30,000. Lisa is a remarkable volunteer, and the State College Food Bank is beyond fortunate for her passion and hard work. We thank you a thousand times over for all you have done and continue to 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?