A Heart to Volunteer?




Looking to help support the efforts of a worthy cause?

Our volunteers represent an essential part of the Food Bank's success in helping prepare and distribute food to people in need in our community.  We welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and heartfelt interest. The Food Bank has several opportunities to volunteer for the individual and/or participate in a group volunteer activity.  

Volunteer Procedures and Information:


  • Follow the Food Bank Volunteer guidelines; and work safely at all times.      
  • Volunteers need to have a current Volunteer Application on file.
    (Click below to download the PDF application bottom of this section) 
  • The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 must volunteer with an adult, and  volunteers 16-17 years of age must volunteer with parental permission.        
  • The Food Bank expects individuals to report and work as scheduled. Volunteer hours will be recorded on a project log-sheet located in our warehouse. It is mandatory and important that all volunteers sign in.  
  • The Food Bank helps our volunteers select a task or duty that matches their interests as well as fulfilling the needs of the Food Bank. Our goal is to work with volunteers to make their experiences positive and rewarding.The Food Bank make’s every effort to provide safe working conditions. 

If you want to join the Food Bank team,
please download and fill out the Volunteer Application:
Fax to:  530-272-7085

or mail to: 

Food Bank of Nevada County

  310 Railroad Ave #100, Grass Valley, CA 95945  

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Application (pdf)


Helping Hands & Hearts

Volunteer Opportunities

It takes all kinds of help to run a food bank.  We are always looking for volunteer to help with:

  • Office and administrative support
  • Food packing and sorting 
  • Simmer lunch delivery
  • Food distribution sites   
  • Warehouse assistance
  • Annual food drives, fundraising, and special events.
  • Distribution support

FOOD PACKING AND SORTING:     A very important task of volunteer duties at the Food Bank is the packing and sorting of donated bulk food. This includes inspecting, cleaning, sorting, and preparation of special food boxes. This is all part of preparing donations for distribution.FOOD PACKING--Volunteer Days & Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 am to noon.

Our organization has five Food Distribution Outreach sites in Nevada County where our volunteers come to help allocate food to families and individuals in need. Volunteers also help get food to cars, clean up distribution sites, and assist with giving food away. Those interested in Volunteering—may fill out the Volunteer Application.  We can then assist you in finding a distribution location and time to volunteer. You can view the times and locations on our Monthly Distribution Page.

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM From time to time, the Food Bank looks for help from reliable drivers, during the summer, for the  Children’s Summer Lunch Program. There is also a need for extra help preparing and packing of the summer lunches and then delivering them to our local children in need. This is a valuable and great opportunity for high school students. SUMMER LUNCH--Volunteer Days & Hours: Monday-Friday 11:45-12:45.