Get Involved

Volunteers are the life blood of our organization, and there are many ways to support the work of University District Food Bank in our community. Whether your available time is great or small, whether you want to volunteer on your own or as part of a group, whether you want to work on the front lines or behind the scenes, we can help you find a place to contribute your energy and skills toward ending hunger in our community.

Volunteer With Us

Volunteers with University District Food Bank are responsible for many different activities that support our mission and make our community work possible. Last year, volunteers donated more than 23,500 hours of service.

Volunteer shifts are primarily during the weekdays although we are open until 8pm on both Tuesday and Thursday so even if you work during the day you can still find time to help.

If you are available in the morning and have your own car, we especially need your help collecting food from small shops in the Capitol Hill, Green Lake, Madison Park, University Village and Wallingford neighborhoods.

Volunteers help us:

  • rescue food from local businesses,
  •  unload food deliveries,
  • sort rescued food to ensure that only safe and healthy options are distributed,
  • ensure that our shelves remain full and well stocked during open hours of distribution,
  • pack up bags of groceries when our customers finish their shopping,
  • deliver food to homebound seniors so they can remain well nourished,
  • raise the funds we need to feed our community,
  • advocate for strong policies to protect those struggling to meet their basic needs,
  • guide our strategic direction to ensure that we are meeting our community’s need for food, and
  • succeed at our mission and serve our community with dignity and respect.

Want to learn more or schedule your first shift? Please contact us by phone or complete this short online form to discuss our current volunteer needs and to determine what might work for you.

Part of a group? Whether with co-workers, neighbors, school classes, or even church missions, volunteering in the food bank or hosting community food drives are both excellent group activities. And still very much appreciated. Please give Dave, our Volunteer Coordinator, a call at 206-523-7060 x705 to talk about your specific needs.