Volunteers are the heart of Ballard Food Bank. 

We have volunteer opportunities available six days a week, and we’re always in need of more volunteers. Every month over 100 volunteers donate more than 2,000 hours of service. We have a wide variety of opportunities available, and we are happy to work with you to find the right opportunity along with the right time commitment. 


Volunteer Opportunities

Sorting & Stocking Shelves: Over 1.45 million pounds of food are donated, recovered, or purchased by us each year. Our volunteers help us sort food and stock our shelves six days a week. 

Food Recovery: Six days a week we recover food from our local grocery store partners. As a driver or a rider you will be out in the community helping pick up food and bringing it back to the food bank. 

Grocery Helper: As a grocery helper you will be stationed around the food bank to answer questions and help clients as they shop. You may also help clients bag their groceries. 

There are many more ways to volunteer. When you complete your volunteer application, please share your interests and skills with us. We will work with you to find the best fit. 

How to Volunteer

Individual Volunteers: If you are an individual who would like to volunteer, please download our volunteer application and email your application to volunteer@ballardfoodbank.org. Volunteer applications may take up to two weeks to process. Once we complete the background check, we will call you and schedule a time for you to volunteer. Please read our Operating Policies before you fill out your application. 

School Community Service/Service Learning Volunteers: If you need to fulfill your volunteer hours and want a great learning experience, volunteer at the food bank. We appreciate our high school students. Please download our volunteer application and email your completed application to volunteer@ballardfoodbank.org. Please read our Operating Policies before you fill out your application. Please note on your form that you are a high school student seeking service hours. Volunteer applications may take up to two weeks to process. Once we complete the background check, we will call you and schedule a time for you to volunteer.

Group Volunteers: Our maximum group size is 7. Please contact Peggy at peggyb@ballardfoodbank.org to schedule a time for your group. In the email please share: your contact name, phone, email, who your group is with, size of group and potential dates you can volunteer. We work to schedule one group at a time so that all of the volunteers have a great experience. We may not be able to accommodate all dates, so we appreciate your flexibility in scheduling.

Volunteering with School-Aged Children: We love to hear from families who would like to volunteer together. High school students are able to volunteer on their own, with a friend, or with a parent/guardian. If your child is in middle school, they must volunteer with a parent/guardian. For elementary aged children, we suggest other activities to learn about the issue of hunger in their community: collecting donations from friends and family and bringing them to the food bank, taking a tour of the food bank, or putting together hygiene gift bags. Contact Peggy, our Assistant Director, at peggyb@ballardfoodbank.org if you have questions or would like a tour.

Please note: We are unable to accept court ordered community service.

Volunteer Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm