Food for People

The Food Bank for Humboldt County


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 more than 22,000 hours sorting and distributing food, harvesting produce, interviewing and assisting people with services, assisting with clerical tasks, and much, much more. That’s over 400 volunteers a month!

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. There are a variety of volunteer jobs to suit all types of skills and interests. Our Volunteer & Direct Services Manager would love to hear from you and would be happy to match your skills and talents with our volunteer needs.

Weekly Volunteer Orientations are currently on hold.

Monthly 2nd Saturday volunteer days are also currently on hold


Our process for volunteering with Food for People has changed:

  • Since our building was damaged at the end of February, and we are also enforcing strict social distancing protocols that limit the number of staff and volunteers in a space, we are only scheduling small numbers of volunteers at specific locations on given days.
  • If you are interested in volunteering with us while we navigate hunger relief and the warehouse prep work behind it, please fill out our NEW VOLUNTEER RESPONSE TEAM FORM here.
  • Please be patient-we are only scheduling small numbers of volunteers at a time, so it might take us several weeks to get back to you.
  • Please be sure to indicate which communities you can be available in, since we have partner distribution sites all over the county.

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 & Direct Services Manager will be happy to arrange another time.

If you have any questions along the way, email


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

(some of these opportunities are much different looking during the pandemic currently, but it gives a sense of what we tend to need volunteers for)

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

Looking for an internship? Learn more about the process