Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

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Volunteers are essential to the Food Bank. Each year, volunteers contribute more than 96,000 hours to support the Food Bank's mission by sorting donations, serving clients, teaching classes, assisting at special events, serving as ambassadors and participating a variety of other opportunities.

Youth are welcome to volunteer at the Food Bank! We accept volunteers as young as 8. Any individual youth volunteer between 8 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older. Youth groups must provide one adult chaperone for every 5 youth under 18.
All volunteers must be scheduled before volunteering. Please visit the online registration site to get scheduled.

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The Capital Area Food Bank does not offer court, judge, or attorney-appointed community service due to a charge or an offense.  Individuals seeking court-ordered or mandated community service can call the United Way Volunteer Center 512-472-6267 for more information on opportunities in their area.

Individuals that are assigned to the Capital Area Food Bank by their Travis County probation officer can call 512-684-2140 for additional information.

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Sort Donations

Sorting donations in our Product Recovery warehouse gives you a "behind-the-scenes" look at how donations from the community get to hungry Central Texans. Volunteers inspect, clean, sort, box and make donations ready for distribution to Partner Agencies and their clients.

Volunteer shifts

  Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – noon
  Monday – Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  Thursday (18 and older only) 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Youth and Family Night

Youth ages 8 to 17 and their families are invited to volunteer on the first Tuesday of the month from 6 - 8 p.m.

Visit the online registration site to get scheduled.

Workplace Volunteering

By working together on a community focused project, workplace and corporate volunteer groups gain a sense of cooperation, respect, productivity, dependability, motivation and communication that can be transferred to the corporate environment. The Food Bank can accommodate groups large and small. To schedule groups with more than six people, please contact

Sort Donations. The Food Bank's air-conditioned product recovery workrooms are well suited for Workplace groups of various sizes. Here you will inspect, sort and box donations received from community food drives and other donation partners.

Match Your Volunteer Hours. Double or triple your impact with corporate matching gifts. Contact your human resources representative to find out how to turn your volunteer hours into financial gifts to feed hungry Central Texans. If your company offers this option, or if you need to confirm eligibility for corporate matching, email Mark Jackson at to get started.

Administrative Help

General Administrative Volunteer
Volunteers with great attention to detail are needed year-long to provide clerical and data entry support during business hours.

"Holiday Hustle" Administrative Volunteer
This ten week opportunity is designed to connect energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to projects at the Food Bank during our busiest time of the year. Holiday Hustle volunteers are vital to ensuring that communication pieces for the Food Bank’s key stakeholders are delivered timely and professionally. Serving as a Holiday Hustle volunteer is a great way to serve your community, meet new people, and do good! Must be 18 years of age and older.

Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page to get scheduled.

Mobile Food Pantries

The Food Bank's two mobile food pantries travel to fill geographic and service gaps in emergency food assistance. Mobile Food Pantry volunteers help unload trucks and distribute food to clients. To sign up for a shift, register online.

Distributions occur in multiple locations throughout the Food Bank's 21-county service area including: Austin, Lexington, Bartlett, Lott, Cedar Park, Mustang Ridge, Fredericksburg, San Saba, Johnson City, Uhland and Kosse. To view a calendar and a list of distribution sites, please visit the "Wheels of Sharing" Mobile Food Pantry webpage. In the event of severe weather please call 512-684-2559 to check the status of the Mobile Pantry distribution volunteer shifts.


Help individuals and families make smart choices at mealtime! The CHOICES nutrition education program provides free classes to qualified individuals. The program provides classes on several topics including:

  •  Basic Nutrition
  •  Nutrition and Health
  •  Planning Healthy Thrifty Meals
  •  Cooking for your Life
  •  Eat Smart, Live Strong
  •  Power of Choice
  •  Kids in the Kitchen

Each series runs 4-6 weeks, meets once a week and may be offered during weekday business hours, in the evening, or on the weekend. As an assistant, the Food Bank is looking for nutrition students, culinary students or anyone interested in nutrition or cooking. As an assistant, you will support the dietitian or nutrition educators as they prepare materials and food samples before class and with various activities during class.


The Volunteer Ambassador Program aims to engage energetic and committed community volunteers in the mission and work of the Capital Area Food Bank. Ambassadors are trained by staff to represent the Food Bank at volunteer fairs, speaking engagements, festivals, concerts, Food and Fund Drives and various other community events. Ambassadors may be asked to attend events during normal business hours, at night, or on the weekends.

Volunteer Ambassadors must be at least 22 years of age and willing to make a one-year commitment to the program. To apply, please complete this form and email it to Iris Graebner, Volunteer Resources Manager, at Qualified applicants will be interviewed by phone.

For more information, please call 512-282-2111 or email