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Volunteering at the East Texas Food Bank

**The health and safety of the families we serve, staff, volunteers and visitors is a top priority for the East Texas Food Bank. In response to the rapid surge in COVID cases due to the Delta Variant, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has amended its masks guidelines. As a frontline nonprofit serving the critical needs of our community, all volunteers are required to follow our COVID protocol; wearing masks, social distancing, handwashing and completing a COVID-19 questionnaire. Masks are required for volunteers working inside all ETFB locations regardless of vaccination status.**

The East Texas Food Bank relies on volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. Volunteers donated more than 24,000 hours to help us fight hunger by volunteering last year. We welcome all volunteers over the age of 8*, and have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for individuals, families and groups. Read more about our volunteer experience below and register today.

*Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Volunteer Center

Volunteer to help process and distribute food to our East Texas neighbors in need. In our Tyler Volunteer Center, you’ll inspect, sort, repackage, kit as well as other tasks.

*If you have 4 or more individuals, please fill out a Group Request.*


Produce Distribution

Volunteer to help at our Tyler and Quitman produce distributions that provide fresh, nutritious food items to those we serve.

*If you have 4 or more individuals, please fill out a Group Request.*


Deep East Texas Resource Center

Located in Lufkin, the Deep East Texas Resource Center (DETRC) is a program of the East Texas Food Bank. DETRC provides a one-stop-shop of wraparound services with a food pantry, benefits assistance and other support services. Volunteers are needed to help assist in the food pantry, pack boxes and with our Lufkin produce distributions.


Community Service

The East Texas Food Bank offers community service times for Smith County Adult Probation/CSR and students fulfilling community service requirements at our Tyler Volunteer Center.
**No juvenile probation, other county adult probation or traffic ticket community service volunteers will be accepted.**

Community Service

Questions about Volunteering?

Contact our Volunteer & Guest Services Coordinator Lauren Alexander
Phone: 903.617.2016