Volunteer FAQs

Volunteer FAQS

The volunteer event I want to attend says full, can I still come?

All volunteers must register ahead of time; we do not currently accept any walk-ins. Volunteer shifts operate on a first come, first serve basis. If your desired volunteer shift is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist and a member of our team will contact you if a spot opens up.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER?

There are many opportunities to get involved! We offer volunteer opportunities throughout the week, in-person and virtual, and all across Los Angeles County.
 
To sign up to volunteer as an individual, register here.
To sign up as a group, please visit our Volunteer Group page.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY VOLUNTEER PROJECT?

All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes; no heels, open-toe shoes, or sandals are allowed inside the warehouse. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing – such as jeans, t-shirt, and tennis shoes.
 
We are no longer requiring volunteers to wear a mask; however, it is strongly recommended. Masks are available on-site for volunteers who would like to wear one.

Do I need to fill out any waiver forms prior to volunteering?

Yes. Upon registering for a volunteer shift online, all volunteers will be prompted to fill out our waiver forms.

Can I complete court assigned community service hours at your facility?

Yes. We accept court assigned volunteers on a case-by-case basis – depending on the infraction. Some infractions may not be permitted at our facility. Please contact our Volunteer Department for more information.

Ana Martinez (Sr. Director of Volunteer Services & Partnerships) – amartinez@lafoodbank.org
Lucy Le (Corporate Volunteer Engagement Manager) – lle@lafoodbank.org

Can I bring food for my group?

You may bring food for your team, but please keep in mind that food and drinks are not allowed inside the warehouse – only in the designated break area. The break area is a shared space and cannot be reserved for private parties.

Can I bring donations with me on the day of my volunteer project?

Yes, please see our Best Foods to Donate guideline for a list of desirable items.

How far in advance should I sign up?

Individual volunteer shifts operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your desired volunteer shift is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist and a member of our team will contact you if a spot opens up.

For group volunteering, please contact us 3 to 4 weeks in advance.

Are there volunteer opportunities on Sundays?

We are closed on Sundays; however, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the week from Tuesday to Saturday. To learn more, please visit our Volunteer page.

Do you offer any virtual volunteer opportunities?

Yes. Please visit our Virtual Volunteer Opportunities to learn more.

To sign up for a virtual volunteer opportunity, please contact our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Jasmine Contreras, at jacontreras@lafoodbank.org.

I have additional questions that are not answered here. Who can I contact?

To learn more about becoming a Food Bank volunteer and/or to have questions answered that are not addressed on this FAQ page, please contact our Volunteer Department.

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