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 60,000 hours in FY2017, helping us provide 22.4 million meals.
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
We accept all volunteers over the age of 6*. We do request that groups of Elementary-aged children have at least one adult per 4 children. For Junior High-aged children, there must be one adult per 6 youths. There is no guardian needed for High School-aged individuals, however they must be 16 years of age.
*These ages are subject to change based on the Volunteer Coordinator’s discretion.
Can groups volunteer?
Yes, groups of 5 or more are always welcome to volunteer with us! We ask that you please call our Volunteer Center at 903-617-2016 or email our Volunteer Center to schedule a time for your group with as much advanced notice as possible.
What are the guidelines and dress code?
What individual volunteer opportunities are available?
Volunteers can help in a variety of ways at the East Texas Food Bank and are always welcome during our Volunteer Hours listed below. Volunteer opportunities include: repacking rice, beans and pastas, helping pack boxes for our BackPack and Senior Box programs, and helping with administrative duties in the office.
What times can I volunteer?
Volunteers are welcome during the following hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 12:00pm (Mornings)
Monday – Thursday 1:00pm – 4:30pm (Afternoons) (No evening shifts are offered at this time.)
Saturday 8:30am – 12:00pm (Mornings)
**Group volunteer times may vary and must be scheduled with as much notice as possible.**