The East Texas Food Bank, located in Tyler, very much relies on Volunteers to help us with our mission. Over 10,000 volunteers logged more than 61,000 hours in FY2016, helping us provide 21.8 million meals.
What volunteer opportunities are available?
We offer several ways you can volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank, including:
Salvage/Reclaim: sort, inspect and package donated product that is received into the East Texas Food Bank.
Repack Room: pack bulk dried products such as beans, rice, cereal, pasta, paper products, etc. into smaller quantities.
Backpack Program: help produce easy-to-open bags of nutritious food for children across East Texas.
Senior Box Program: put together boxes of food for seniors that are at-risk of hunger.
Office: help with office and administrative support. Filing, data entry, light typing, photocopying and other duties as assigned.
Warehouse: assist warehouse staff with various duties
What hours can I volunteer?
Volunteers are welcome during the following times:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
5:30-8:30 PM - only Tuesday and Wednesday
(must be present by 5:15 PM)
Friday Open to groups (please call to schedule)
Saturday 8:30 AM-12:00 PM (must be present by 8:15 AM)
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
We accept all volunteers over the age of six*. We do request that groups of Elementary-aged kids have at least one adult per 4 youths. For Junior High-aged kids there must be one adult per 8 youths. There is no guardian needed for High School-aged individuals.
*These ages are subject to change based on the Volunteer Coordinator's discretion.
How do I sign up or get more information?
Individuals or groups can fill out an online application by clicking the buttons on the right.