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Our Volunteer Center is open and it is safe to volunteer with us. We have implemented extended sanitation measures, social distancing during volunteer activities, we are not accepting groups of 10 or more and are turning away any volunteers who display any symptoms that they might be sick.

We received clarity from the Texas Governor’s office on the guidelines from the President and CDC to avoid social gathering of more than 10 people and food banks have been deemed as a critical infrastructure industry.

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule,” according to the Texas Governor’s Office.  “The food banks are providing a truly valuable service, especially at this time, and we know it takes a force greater than 10 to ensure the food banks function. For these sorts of businesses, the requirement is to do as much work via telework as possible and then to ensure good hygiene and social distancing when workers must be present.”

Please look for the Volunteer & Nutrition Education sign at our east entrance and drive around to the back of the East Texas Food Bank.
You will find a dedicated parking area and easy entrance access to the center.

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The East Texas Food Bank, located in Tyler, very much relies on volunteers to help us with our mission. Over 15,000 volunteers logged more than 44,000 hours in FY2019, helping us provide over 21 million meals.

What volunteer opportunities are available at the East Texas Food Bank?

  • Repacking bulk rice, beans and pastas.
  • Packing boxes for our BackPack and Senior Box Programs.
  • Processing and sorting food drive donations.
  • Packing and distributing fresh produce to clients.
  • Cleaning and organizing the warehouse and administration areas.
  • Assisting with administrative duties in the office.

How do I volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank?

Groups of 2 or more individuals:
  1. Complete our Group Volunteer Application.
  2. Once the application is completed, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you via phone or email to schedule your group’s time to volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank and answer any questions that you may have.
Individuals (includes individual students):
  1. If it is your first time volunteering at the East Texas Food Bank, print out and complete the Individual Volunteer Application and bring it with you.
  2. Individuals are welcome to come volunteer an available shift Monday through Friday.  See the available volunteer shifts and times below.
Court Ordered Community Service Volunteers
  1. If it is your first time volunteering at the East Texas Food Bank. print out and complete the Individual Volunteer Application and bring it with you.  You must include your cause number on your application.
  2. In order to receive credit for your volunteer hours, you must bring your court appointed timecard and\or documentation.
  3. Court Ordered Community Service volunteer shifts are only available in the evenings Monday through Thursday and during the day on Friday.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

We accept all volunteers over the age of 8*.  We do request that groups of Elementary-aged children have at least one adult per 5 children.  For Junior High-aged children, there must be one adult per 10 youths.  There is no guardian needed for High School-aged individuals, however they must be at least 16 years of age.
(*Ages subject to change based on Volunteer Coordinator’s discretion.)

What are the guidelines and dress code?

The East Texas Food Bank has established the following Volunteer Guidelines and Dress Code which all volunteers must follow.

For the safety of our staff and volunteers, please refrain from volunteering if you answer YES to any of the questions below:

1.     Have you, or anyone you’ve been in contact with, traveled Internationally or been on a cruise ship within the past 14 days?

2.     Are you currently experiencing any possible flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat or respiratory symptoms)?

3.     Have you been in contact with someone with Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the past 14 days?

Volunteer Center Hours and Shifts

Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 11:30am  (Morning Shift)
1:15pm – 4:15pm  (Afternoon Shift)
5:15pm – 8:15pm  (Evening Shift)

Friday
8:30am – 11:30am  (Morning Shift)
12:15pm – 2:15pm  (Afternoon Shift)

Saturday**
8:30am – 11:30am  (Morning Shift)
12:15pm – 2:15pm  (Afternoon Shift)

**Saturdays are by scheduled appointments only.
**Group volunteer times may vary and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.