Volunteering at Second Harvest
Second Harvest offers many volunteer opportunities for people wanting to make a difference. We welcome individual volunteers and groups from 2 to 50 people! The Food Bank has monthly pack events that allow your group to work together on the same project – a great team-building activity! For a list of this month's volunteer opportunities, please click here. If you are volunteering at our Snowdrift Road location, click here for a parking map of the facility.
There is a brief orientation process you must complete before you can start volunteering. After completing the orientation, volunteers can come to the Food Bank Monday through Friday between 7am and 3pm; please call us at 610-434-0875 to schedule a volunteer shift. If these hours are not suitable for your needs, but you still want to help, contact Second Harvest at 610-434-0875 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral to one of our member agencies that could use your help.
For safety reasons, volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and require adult supervision up to age 18.
In an average week, the Food Bank has more than 30 volunteers completing over 100 total hours of work. This is equivalent to almost three additional full-time staff members.
Scroll down or click on a specific project for more information about the volunteer opportunities we have available.
Backpack Buddies Pack | Cooking Matters | Hunger In America 2014 Survey | SUNShine Box Pack | General Warehouse Projects |
Backpack Buddies Pack
Groups of ten to fifteen volunteers come to the satellite location on the third Friday of every month to fill bags with food for the weekend for area youth. Through agencies like the Boys and Girls Clubs, the bags are distributed to children who receive free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch during the school day and don’t have access to those meals on the weekend. The bags contain “kid-friendly” foods that are nutritious and easily prepared.
For more information about Backpack Buddies at Second Harvest click here.
A variety of volunteers are needed to teach and assist with Cooking Matters classes. Our volunteers are passionate about food and dedicated to empowering low-income families to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Cooking Matters volunteers play diverse roles in the classroom, including Chef Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Manager. Occasionally, we request the expertise of a Class Photographer/Videographer for publication materials. All Cooking Matters volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Please note that Cooking Matters volunteers commit to being part of an entire 6 week course. We strongly encourage interested individuals to observe a Cooking Matters class in action prior to volunteering for a course. Once signed up to be part of a course volunteer team, each volunteer will take part in a two hour online Cooking Matters Volunteer Training and a one hour in-person Cooking Matters Volunteer Training prior to the first course.
If you are interested in volunteering with Cooking Matters, please fill out a Cooking Matters Volunteer Application. Email your completed application and direct any additional questions to Carrie Spero or call her at 610-434-0875 x3313. For more information about Cooking Matters at Second Harvest click here.
For a complete list of classes and vacant volunteer positions coming up in 2015, click here.
SUNShine (Serving UnderNourished Seniors) Box Pack
Groups of twenty to forty volunteers come to the Food Bank’s satellite location on Snowdrift Road in Allentown on the first Tuesday of every month to help fill boxes with food provided by the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Volunteers set up an assembly line to pack, seal, and stack the boxes so they are ready to be delivered to agencies for distribution to area senior citizens, new mothers and children.
For more information about SUNShine Boxes at Second Harvest click here
General Warehouse Projects
General warehouse projects include tasks such as gathering items for the orders for the member agencies, assisting drivers with deliveries, and sorting donations for suitability and preparing them for distribution. These tasks are completed during normal business hours on days when there is no pack scheduled.
Want to Join Our Volunteers and Make Your OWN Difference?
Every month, Second Harvest needs 25 to 35 volunteers to complete pack events.
For more information, contact Second Harvest at 610-434-0875 or email us at email@example.com