Volunteers are at the heart of our work, and our emergency food programs would not be possible without them. Each month, individuals and groups give over 3,000 hours of their time to donate and sort food, organize our warehouse, run our check-in system, and assist clients when they come to our programs.

Volunteering and Community Service

Volunteering to feed your friends and neighbors is an incredibly rewarding experience at the Food Connection. Individuals and groups have an opportunity serve their neighbors directly through greeting and guiding clients through the food bank, sorting and distributing food, making our space clean and welcoming, driving our vehicles, and helping us maintain our computer system.

We also offer these opportunities for individuals who need to complete community service for the courts, school, and other organizations. Background checks are necessary for all individuals who serve at the Food Connection, but most records are not a barrier for individuals who want to complete hours with us. At the end of your service, we are able to verify your hours.

Job Training and Skills Building

Giving your time at the Food Connection can be more than a volunteer opportunity. We partner with ResCare Human Services, Tacoma Community House, Goodwill, DSHS, MDC, and WorkSource to help individuals build experience to find employment and provide better lives for themselves and their families. We work with individuals who are volunteering or working with us to teach new skills like operating heavy machinery, managing our database, maintaining our records, driving our vehicles, and serving our clients. At the end of your time with us, we are able to verify your work history to prospective employers.