Want to Make a Difference in Our Community?  Volunteer with Food for People!


Volunteers are the heart of Food for People. It takes a community of volunteers to make our programs successful. In fact, last year our volunteers put in 34,675 hours sorting and distributing food, harvesting produce, interviewing and assisting clients, assisting with clerical tasks, and much, much more. That’s equivalent to 19 full-time staff positions!

At Food for People, the time volunteers give us is golden. Without a doubt, volunteers are essential in helping us make sure that people in need have enough to eat. An average of 502 volunteers per month help us accomplish our mission, and there are a variety of volunteer jobs to suit all types of skills and interests. Our volunteer coordinator would love to hear from you, and would be happy to match your skills and talents with our volunteer needs.

Volunteer Orientation is every Monday at 2:30pm, except holidays, at Food for People

EXTENDED HOURS: We will be open for volunteer projects on the second Saturday of every month from 10 AM to 1 PM.


All volunteers are required to attend an orientation to begin volunteering.  Orientations generally last about an hour. During that time, we fill out paperwork, tour the facilities, discuss various volunteer opportunities, and get you signed up with a shift that fits your schedule and interests.  If you are unable to make one of the regularly scheduled orientations, our Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to arrange another time. If you plan to attend an orientation, please start by filling out our online volunteer application form. If you have any questions along the way, call us at (707) 445-3166 or email volunteer@foodforpeople.org.

We are low on volunteers in the summertime (June through August), which is also our busiest time of year at Food for People, and we need your help! Currently the programs we most need volunteers for include:

  • Our Choice Pantry at Food for People in Eureka (shoppers' helpers, intake interviewers, stocking)
  • Our Warehouse at Food for People (food sorting and stocking)
  • Our Arcata food pantry (setting up, stocking, assisting with distribution)


Click on any of the following links to learn more about volunteering at Food for People:

Fill out our volunteer application form to send us your contact information and areas of interest

Learn more about the many volunteer opportunities that exist at Food for People

View our currently featured volunteer needs

Looking for an internship? Learn more about the process


If you have questions or want to learn more about our Volunteer program, please feel free to volunteer@foodforpeople.org or contact by phone at (707) 445-3166 ext. 310.