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**Our new Volunteer & Nutrition Education Center is now open!  Please look for the new 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 new 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 53,000 hours in FY2018, helping us provide approximately 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.  Please be sure to read these prior to completing your volunteer service.

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 – 11:00am  (Morning Shift)
12:15pm – 2:15pm  (Afternoon Shift)

Saturday**
8:30am – 11:00am  (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.