Volunteer

Volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is one of the best volunteer opportunities in LA. By donating a few hours of your time, you’ll help us provide food for the 1.4 million people in Los Angeles who face food insecurity. Volunteers help us by boxing, sorting and gleaning food that is later distributed through our network of more than 600 agency partners to our neighbors in need.

Volunteer

Thank you for considering a volunteer opportunity at
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank!

Participate in the best volunteer
opportunity in Los Angeles

Volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is one of the best volunteer opportunities in LA. By donating a few hours of your time, you’ll help us provide food for the 2 million people in Los Angeles County who face food insecurity.

Volunteers help us by boxing, sorting and gleaning food that is later distributed through our network of more than 600 agency partners to our neighbors in need.

Groups and individuals can easily register through this website. There are many ways for groups and individuals to get involved, and the details are below.

On behalf of the Food Bank, we thank our volunteers who donated their time helping on-site at the Food Bank and at food distribution sites.

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Registration for individuaL Volunteers

Individuals can have a big impact on the fight against hunger in Los Angeles County.

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Top PAST Volunteers

See some of the most active volunteers that have recently supported the Food Bank.

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Make a long-term impact in your community by helping distribute food at a partner agency site.

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Ambassadors

Gain leadership and nonprofit administrative experience.

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Groups of 5+

Join a group and help give back to Los Angeles County. You can make a difference.

Virtual Volunteering

Help create personal hygiene kits for clients.

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Birthday Celebrations

Celebrate your birthday by volunteering and giving back to the community!

Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Masking on Food Bank Premises

Effective Monday, March 14, 2022, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is implementing a revised COVID-19 masking policy. In accordance with the newest guidelines issued by the LA County Department of Public Health, it is now optional to wear a mask on-site at the Food Bank’s three facilities. While wearing a mask is no longer mandated, the Food Bank strongly recommends that you do so. The Food Bank will continue to monitor COVID-19, and its variants, within the community. All other policies regarding vaccine requirements and social distancing remain in effect until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions please contact Ana Martinez (Senior Director of Volunteer Services and Partnerships) at amartinez@lafoodbank.org.

 

Volunteer Covid-19 Prevention and Safety Policy 

As an essential services provider, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank takes our responsibility for the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and community members very seriously. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have closely followed public health guidance and taken a strong approach to implementing preventive measures.

To continue ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all of our staff and volunteers, we will be moving forward into the next phase of our pandemic response. We will be requiring all volunteers to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of their volunteer shift.

This policy will take place starting January 14th, 2022, and will continue until further notice.

Upon registering online for a volunteer shift, all volunteers will be prompted to self-report their vaccination status. Volunteers will have the option to report that they are fully vaccinated or agree to arrive at their volunteer shift only if they have received a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of their volunteer shift.

Vaccinated Volunteers
You are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or three weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Unvaccinated Volunteers
We understand that there are many reasons why people may not be eligible or chose not to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Unvaccinated volunteers are still able to volunteer only if they have received a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of their volunteer shift.
All volunteers, regardless of personal vaccination status, will still be required to wear a mask (covering both the nose and mouth) and practice social distancing throughout the entirety of the volunteer shift.

Your health and safety continue to be our priority. If you have any questions please contact Ana Martinez (Senior Director of Volunteer Services and Partnerships) at amartinez@lafoodbank.org.

The health and safety of everyone who attends our volunteer events is our top priority. Please know that we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and we are taking necessary precautions.

  • Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, we are only accepting volunteers aged 18 and older at this time.
  • If you fall under the CDC’s high-risk category due to your age or because of underlying medical conditions, we strongly recommend that you stay at home and not volunteer at this time.
  • We will be requiring all volunteers to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of their volunteer shift.
In addition to standard health and sanitation procedures, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, has also committed to: 
  • Implementing social distancing measures. Food Bank staff will ensure appropriate distance is maintained between each volunteer during check-in, orientation, and during the volunteer event.   
  • Providing hand sanitizer pumps. 
  • Sanitation staff will sanitize the facility regularly both inside and out, meeting room, door frames, restrooms, break room, door handles, and other often touched surfaces. 
  • Providing gloves and masks to all volunteers. (Attached you will find a ‘how to safely remove gloves’ guide)
We will also display best practices throughout the event, encouraging everyone to wash their hands for at least twenty seconds and stay 6 feet apart. Attached you will also find the ‘What You Need to Know’ about the COVID-19 from the County of Los Angles Public Health.
 
We look forward to seeing you! 

Public Health Tips To Protect Yourself

PUBLIC HEALTH CONTINUES TO RECOMMEND THAT THE PUBLIC DO THE FOLLOWING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS FROM RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
  • Get a flu immunization if you have not done so this season.

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

Volunteer Requirements

PLEASE NOTE:  WE CANNOT ACCEPT COURT-REFERRED VOLUNTEERS AT THIS TIME

  • Minimum age requirement is 18 (sorry, no exceptions)
  • All volunteers are asked to complete a liability release prior to participating in programs at the Food Bank.
  • No walk-ins allowed. All volunteers must register online.
  • Please dress in comfortable clothing, such as jeans, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.
  • You may contact our Volunteer Director, Ana Martinez, to learn more about becoming a Food Bank volunteer.

Questions?

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