Volunteers are the heart of Ballard Food Bank. 

We have volunteer opportunities available four days a week, and we’re always in need of more volunteers. Every month over 135 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 four days a week. 

Food Recovery: Four 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. 

Are you a current volunteer looking for a new opportunity here at the Ballard Food Bank? Here are some current opportunities.

Mail Desk Volunteer: We are currently seeking a new Tuesday Mail Desk volunteer. We are seeking someone who can regularly commit to Tuesdays from 1pm-4pm to run the mail desk by organizing and filing new mail, answering the mail desk phone, giving clients their mail, and coordinating with staff. We encourage folks who are consistent and organized, with good social skills, to assist our clients in receiving their mail.

Warehouse Volunteer: We are seeking a new Warehouse Volunteer who can commit to once a week to help in the warehouse and assist the team with properly sorting incoming non-perishable donations. They would also work with the food bank team to assess inventory and what needs there are and what the menu for the coming week could be. Folks who are comfortable lifting 30 lbs. are encouraged.

Front Desk Volunteer: We are seeking a new Front Desk Volunteer for Monday or Thursday afternoons from 1:30-4pm. We are looking for folks who can commit each week to help record client visits in the computer database. You will be welcoming new clients to the food bank and assist them in filling out the intake sheet. Folks who are consistent, friendly, and able to engage with a diverse clientele are encouraged.

Weekend Food Packer: We are seeking new volunteers for our weekend food packing crews. We are needing folks who can make a regular commitment from 9-10am or 12-2pm on Wednesday. Weekend food packers work closely with a team of volunteers to pack bags that help to provide additional food security for youth within our community. We would greatly appreciate folks that are detail oriented and have a great sense of humor!

Bread Sorter: We are seeking a new bread sorter on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-1pm. Bread sorters help bring in the bread from the delivery trucks, sort the bread by type and organize it on the bread wall in front of the cage in the warehouse.

As these are very specific positions with need for detail, Sarah will be working to make sure the best fit is made. Please see her if you are interested in any of the above.

How to Volunteer

Individual Volunteers: If you are an individual who would like to volunteer, please fill out our application at the bottom of this page or 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 fill out our application at the bottom of this page or 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 Kathleen at kathleenm@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 Kathleen, our Assistant Director, at kathleenm@ballardfoodbank.org if you have questions or would like a tour.

Volunteer Orientation: All volunteers will attend an orientation after their application is approved. Orientations are offered at the following times: Monday at 10am at 5pm, Tuesday at 10am, Thursday at 5pm. After you have submitted your application, please wait for a staff member to contact you about scheduling an orientation.

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

Volunteer Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed