Getting Started

Volunteers are an integral part of our operation. In 2012, volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours of time to us.

A one-hour orientation session must be completed before working at the food bank. You do not need to RSVP or reserve a seat for orientation, but you must bring a photo ID with you. Sessions are held at the following times:

Wednesdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 1:30 pm

Volunteers will be able to schedule their own shifts after orientation has been completed. Depending on your interests and skills, you may want to volunteer in the front office, in the warehouse, at a public food distribution, or for a special project/event. You can read more about the different volunteer positions here.

After orientation, you may want to stay and volunteer that day. If that’s the case, please wear closed-toe shoes to orientation.

Both “regular” and Community Service Restitution (CSR) volunteers are welcome to join us.

CSR volunteers should bring their court paperwork with them to orientation, if available.

Individuals under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to volunteer. Due to safety concerns, individuals under 16 are only allowed on a case-by-case basis. Please call to confirm that your child is old enough to volunteer.

Businesses may want to volunteer through the HOPE Program.

Groups of students or adolescents may want to volunteer through the YEAH Program.

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For more information about volunteering, please contact Jim Wagner, Volunteer Coordinator, at 512-392-8300 Ext. 222 or jwagner@haysfoodbank.org.