You can help eliminate hunger in our community with just a few hours of your time.
Every time you volunteer with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, you know that you have helped to provide healthy, nutritious food to our community. There are many different ways to volunteer—whether as an individual, small group or organization.
At this time, we are unable to accept and will not document court-ordered, attorney-advised or other legal-related volunteering.
Register to Volunteer
After a quick registration process, you can log in and view our upcoming openings. Click any item on the calendar to view open spaces for each shift. Be sure to register yourself or your group for the shift you want and start recruiting your team. Our volunteer shifts go quickly! If you are interested in a future date that is not yet on our calendar, please contact the Volunteer Department to request scheduling assistance.
Volunteer Opportunities and Assignments
You and/or your group are welcome to volunteer for a variety of tasks related to the mission of leading the effort to eliminate hunger in our community. You can choose to volunteer for a one-time shift or even weekly, monthly or annually. Click below to learn more about the requirements and available tasks:
During our COVID-19 response, all volunteers must be at least 16years old. We strongly discourage older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions who might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Mobile Pantry Program
TheMobile Pantry shift is an outdoor event that helps provide food access in underserved neighborhoods. Volunteers assist with unloading the mobile pantry truck and distributing a variety of foods to individuals and families. This task is done under the supervision of a staff person or a trained Volunteer Team Leader.
Quality Assurance may lead you or your group to any of these fulfilling roles: sorting non-perishable food items, packing food for a Mobile Pantry, preparing youth-friendly food bags for the Backpack Program, repacking bulk food, or sanitizing and cleaning the warehouse.
We often need volunteers to assist with fundraising events such as Mayflower Marathon or large annual food drives, as well as community events. Volunteer age minimums may be established for any special or community event activity. Adult guardian supervision will also be required for youth volunteers.
Would you like to apply your skills and ability to provide superior customer service to the Foodbank’s callers and visitors? You can volunteer by answering phones, helping visitors with food donation deliveries and operating a five-phone-line communication system. Contact us to arrange for an interview.
There are a variety of office functions and departments in which you may work regular shifts to assist with data entry, organization, compliance, consumer and donor contact and other functions. Learn more about available opportunities during the time of your interview. Contact us to arrange for an interview.
Warehouse Customer Service
These regular volunteer assignments include food drive check-in, agency marketplace weigh station, light maintenance crew and more. These volunteers work regular shifts in the warehouse along with Foodbank staff to ensure proper customer service to food donors, community groups and agencies.Learn more about available opportunities during the time of your interview.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Are you interesting in providing education and resources for individuals to access food? You can share information and assist individuals with signing up for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Volunteers will visit Partner Agencies, accompany a Mobile Pantry crew or make phone calls to completeSNAP applications with clients over the phone.
Leadership Volunteer Assignments
Volunteer Team Leader
Are you committed to volunteering your time regularly to strengthen and support the Foodbank’s mission? You could become a Volunteer Team Leader! Requirements include regular shift assignments, training in task and group management and a monthly Team Leader meeting. These volunteers are peer leaders and supervise evening and weekend warehouse work, special events and some warehouse functions.If you are interested in becoming a Team Leader, start with Basic or Regular Assignment volunteering and contact Stephanie Cuffee, Volunteer Coordinator, to express your interest.
The Volunteer Advisory Council meets regularly to examine trends in volunteerism and food banking and how each impacts our Volunteer Department. This volunteer/staff collaborative group sets procedure and provides oversight for the volunteer functions at the Foodbank. Additionally, each program area at the Foodbank has its own advisory council partnership.
If you have questions or need help navigating Volunteer Hub, please connect with Volunteer Department staff:
Stephanie Cuffee, Volunteer Coordinator
(757) 314-4559 or email@example.com
Amari Hinton, Volunteer Coordinator
(757) 314-6297 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teri Zurfluh, Regional Outreach Coordinator - Western Tidewater Branch
(757) 641-0682 or email@example.com
Colleen Brennan, Eastern Shore Branch Manager
(757) 787-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A few hours are all it takes to help eliminate hunger in our community.
Every time you volunteer with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, you know that you have helped put food on the table of our neighbors in need. Volunteers are critical in our efforts to provide healthy, nutritious food to our community, so please consider helping out as an individual, small group or organization.
Volunteer Opportunities & Assignments
Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer for a variety of tasks related to the mission of eliminating hunger. Our volunteer assignments fall into one of three types, described below. Click on the following links to learn more about the requirements and available tasks:
Register to Volunteer
After a quick registration process you’ll be able to login and view our upcoming openings. Please click any item on the calendar to see how many spaces are open for any given shift. Be sure to register yourself or your group for the shift you want and start recruiting your team. Our volunteer shifts go quickly! If you are interested in a future date that is not yet on our calendar, please contact the Volunteer Department to request scheduling assistance.
We do not accept and will not document court-ordered, attorney-advised or other legal-related volunteering
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is a fragrance-free workplace. Thank you for not wearing any of the following during your visit: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and/or similar products. Our chemically-sensitive staff, volunteers and clients thank you.
If you have questions or need help navigating Volunteer Hub, please call the Volunteer Department staff:
Stephanie Cuffee, Volunteer Coordinator
757-314-4559 or email@example.com
Stephanie Gordon, Volunteer Manager
757-314-4576 or firstname.lastname@example.org