kids volunteering

Who can volunteer?

Can children volunteer?

Yes. Age restrictions vary depending on the shift you select; see list below for complete information. Youth Release forms are required for first-time volunteers under 18. 

Youth under 16 need to volunteer with an adult or chaperone. Minimum age for chaperones is 18. Once you create a profile and sign up for a shift you’ll need to click on the ‘Invite a Chaperone (required)’ button, enter the email address of your adult chaperone and click on the ‘Send Email’ button. They will receive the details of your shift so they can sign up for the exact same shift.

Age requirements:

  • Fresh Alliance (FA): Age 14+
  • Food Recovery Center (FRC): Age 16+
  • Volunteer Action Center (VAC): Age 6+
  • Perishables Repack Room (PRR):
      - at Beaverton facility: Age 6+
      - at Portland Headquarters: Age 16+
  • Learning Garden: All ages
  • Special Events: Age 16+

Can I complete court mandated community service at OFB?

OFB DOES NOT ACCEPT Court Mandated volunteers whose charges relate to an act of violence or sexual misconduct.

 If you would like to apply to our Court Mandated Program please fill out our Court Mandated Application.

Can I do community service at OFB for a school requirement or project?
Yes. We are happy to provide a piece of paper confirming the hours you volunteered. Please visit our individuals and families page to learn about opportunities and to sign up.
Can you accommodate volunteers with disabilities?
We do our best to accommodate volunteers with disabilities. We encourage you to email us to let us know of any accommodations you might need so we can make sure to set up a successful and positive experience. Please send an e-mail to
Can I bring my service animal to the Food Bank?

If you or a member of your group will be accompanied by a certified/registered service animal, we require advance notice so that we may provide you a volunteer experience that will ensure your enjoyment and meet our need to strictly adhere to all federal and state laws, including the FDA food and safety regulations put in place to avoid contamination. Please email several days in advance. Thank you!