Join our volunteer team

We are currently in need of Friday afternoon volunteers.

If you have a few hours free between noon and 5pm on Fridays then please consider signing up today.

Attend an upcoming Volunteer Orientation.

Interested in becoming a weekly volunteer at the U District Food Bank? Please consider coming to an upcoming new volunteer orientation! During orientation, new volunteers learn about what we do and how we get it done here at the food bank. There are 10 orientations happening over the next 2 months, please RSVP to to secure your spot! See you there!

Orientation Dates:

      Friday 6/14/19 2-4 pm
      Monday 6/24/19 4-6 pm
      Wednesday 6/26/19 5-7 pm
      Friday 6/28/19 2-4 pm
      Wednesday 7/3/19 5-7 pm
      Monday 7/22/19 4-6 pm
      Friday 7/26/19 2-4 pm
      Wednesday 7/31/19 5-7 pm
      Friday 8/2/19 2-4 pm
    Monday 8/12/19 4-6 pm

Individual Volunteers (ages 18+)

Did you know that we need more than 100 volunteers each week to keep our community well fed?

With just a 3 hour commitment each week, you will make an important difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Want to help out? Here’s how.

  1. Complete this brief volunteer interest form.
  2. Attend a short orientation session at the food bank.
  3. Schedule your first shift with Dave, our volunteer coordinator.
  4. Begin your volunteering.

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 affirm our community values and protect our neighbors struggling to meet their basic needs,
  • guide our strategic direction to ensure that we are responsible stewards and effectively 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.

Group Volunteers

Looking to volunteer as a group?

Whether with your co-workers, a club, or even your neighbors, group volunteering can be fun. If your group size is small (no more than 8 or 10 people) and you have a few hours on a week day, we might be a good fit. Or, if you have a larger group and want to support a food drive in the community, let us know that too.

In either case, please give Dave, our Volunteer Coordinator, a call at 206-523-7060 ext. 705 to talk about how we can work together. Thanks.

Youth Volunteers (ages 14-18)

Are you a middle or high school student wanting to volunteer?

We are currently full for the food bank shifts that can accept minor volunteers.

However, we are building a cohort of volunteers for the summer. If you are able to complete your volunteer hours during summer 2019 then please let us know. As we get more details finalized about our summer schedule, we would be happy to include you in those announcements.

In either case, please give Dave, our Volunteer Coordinator, a call at 206-523-7060 ext. 705 or send him an email at and let him know of your interest.

If you are younger than 14, then we ask that you volunteer with your parent or guardian. Have your adult complete an individual volunteer interest form and indicate that they want to schedule a family volunteer shift.