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Volunteering at the East Texas Food Bank

The East Texas Food Bank relies on volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. Volunteers donated more than 32,000 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. Opportunities are also available in our Volunteer Center & Administration offices.
Students needing community service hours are welcome to sign up by clicking the button below.

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


Court-ordered Community Service

The East Texas Food Bank offers times for Smith County Adult Probation/CSR 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. Credit will only be given during designated court-ordered volunteer shifts.**

Community Service

Mobile Pantry Distributions

Volunteer to help at our Tyler, Gladewater, Quitman, Longview, Palestine, Frankston, Rusk County and Mineola mobile distributions that provide fresh, nutritious food items to those we serve.


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.

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


ETFB Volunteer Orientation Video

Questions about Volunteering?

Contact our Volunteer & Guest Services Coordinator
Phone: 903.617.2016
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