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Volunteers are essential to the Food Bank. Each month, volunteers contribute more than 7,000 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.
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.
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.
|Monday – Saturday||9 a.m. – noon|
|Monday – Saturday||1 – 4 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.
Hunger Study Volunteer
As a member of the Feeding America network, the Capital Area Food Bank participates in a comprehensive study to provide the most authoritative and statistically valid demographic profiles of the Central Texans seeking food assistance.
The study helps us develop programs to make the most impact on our community and advocate for policies that can better serve families facing hunger. Since 1993 Feeding America’s Hunger in America study, conducted every four years, has been our nation’s leading source for understanding the pervasive hunger problems in our communities, and the response to the crisis.
CAFB is looking for experienced volunteers to help conduct its Hunger in America Study. Volunteers should be available during weekday hours, have their own transportation, and be open to working with clients from varied backgrounds. Some daytime travel within the Central Texas area will be required. No overnight travel is expected.Required Qualifications:
- Reliable transportation to travel to meal and grocery program sites.
- Reliable access to cell phone to use if needed to call for assistance in remote areas.
- 18 years of age or older.
- Available during daytime hours during the week—most shifts will be 3-6 hours in length.
- Experience working with computers, including connecting to wireless internet.
- Sensitivity to working with clients of varied backgrounds, including those with language and literacy barriers. Must have compassion and discretion in responding to clients.
- Available to attend four-hour volunteer training at the Capital Area Food Bank.
- Experience conducting in person interviewing or data collection.
- Bilingual English/Spanish speakers a plus!
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 email@example.com.
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.
Serve our Clients. Serving our clients at the St. John food pantry in Austin, TX gives you the opportunity to help people directly. Volunteers unload the incoming food order and stock shelves, greet clients, assist with food selection and carry food to client vehicles. Client service opportunities are ideal for small groups of 10 to 12 people.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
The Food Bank has a variety of administrative opportunities such as stuffing envelopes, data entry and web-based projects.
Mobile Food Pantries
CAFB'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 CAFB'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.
CAFB St. John Community Food Center
The St. John Community Food Center is a model food pantry operated by the Food Bank. It features a client choice model and walk-in refrigerator and freezer. Volunteers stock the shelves on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in preparation for Wednesday distributions and assist with weekly distributions each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. There is also a special distribution for our Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE) every fourth Monday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Sign up to volunteer.
The St. John Community Food Center is located in the For the City Center building at 500 East St. Johns Avenue, Austin, TX 78752.
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, CAFB 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 Ambassador Program enables volunteers use their talents and skills to promote the Food Bank’s mission and opportunities at more than 700 community events each year. As an ambassador, you will be specially trained by staff to assist with the Food Bank’s special events, food drive outreach, social service education, advocacy outreach and social media.
Volunteers must be willing to make a one-year commitment and be at least 22 years of age. To apply, please complete this form, and email it to Iris Graebner, Volunteer Resources Manager, at email@example.com. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by phone. Volunteer hours will be tailored to your schedule.
For more information, please call 512-282-2111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.