- Can children volunteer?
Yes. We welcome and encourage children to volunteer at Oregon Food Bank. Age restrictions vary depending on the shift you select. Most shifts have a minimum age of six years old; see list below for complete information.
Youth under 16 need to volunteer with an adult. Youth Release forms are required for first-time volunteers under 18. Please use the special comment box on the application to add the name of the child or parent you need to be scheduled with.
Volunteer Action Center (VAC): Age 6+
Fresh Alliance (FA) & Food Recovery Center (FRC): Age 16+
Perishables Repack Room (PRR) at Beaverton facility: Age 10+
Perishables Repack Room (PRR) at Portland Headquarters: Age 16+
Learning Garden: All ages.
Special Events: Age 16+
- Can I bring a school class?
Yes. Bringing your class to volunteer with Oregon Food Bank is an excellent way to teach your students about service and hunger in Oregon. Volunteering can help build compassion, self-esteem, teamwork and problem solving skills. Student volunteers work together to repackage bulk food donations, from apples, to oats, to beans, for distribution to hunger-relief agencies. While at Oregon Food Bank, your class will also take a tour of our food warehouse and learn about hunger in Oregon.
- Can I complete court mandated community service at OFB?
OFB DOES NOT ACCEPT Court Mandated volunteers whose charge relates to an act of violence, harassment, sexual misconduct or ID theft. We also DO NOT ACCEPT offences related to the possession or distribution of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.
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 I make an ongoing commitment?
- Absolutely! We have a terrific community of regular volunteers. These volunteers typically make a weekly commitment to a specific 2-3 hour shift. We also love to thank volunteers for their dedication and friendship through potlucks and celebrations throughout the year, and by giving out thank you awards such as coffee mugs, t-shirts, and other gifts. Please join our community!
We recommend that you try out the different types of shifts, and when you find a time/shift you like, ask your volunteer coordinator to sign you up as a regular.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do I need to make an ongoing commitment?
It depends on which project you'd like to sign up for. There is no need to make an ongoing commitment to volunteer in our Volunteer Action Center, Learning Gardens (Dig In! program) or events.
If you are able to make a regular commitment, we need your help in the Food Recovery Center, Fresh Alliance, Nutrition Education, Learning Gardens, Speakers' Bureau or office.
- Do I need to sign up in advance?
- Yes. All volunteers need to sign up in advance. We plan projects and assign staff based on the number of volunteers we've scheduled. Please visit our individuals and families page or groups page to learn about opportunities and to sign up. If you come to a shift and we don't have you on our roster, you may be turned away.
- How do I sign up?
You can sign up to volunteer online by clicking the appropriate link below and fill out separate applications for each person that will be volunteering. EVERY volunteer, regardless of age, needs to be scheduled ahead of time.
Individuals and families:
Groups of 5 or more:
- What if I have more questions?
- We’d be happy to answer your additional questions. The fastest way for us to do that is by email. Please email us at email@example.com. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call 503-972-2993 and leave a message, we will do our best to return voice messages within two business days.
- What if I need to cancel?
- We’re counting on your help to get food out to people who really need it! If you have to cancel, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-972-2993 as soon as possible. Three days’ notice is needed to fill an open space.
- What should I wear?
For safety reasons you WILL BE TURNED AWAY for improper footwear. Shoes must have closed toes and heels (no sandals, clogs, mules or high heels). Temperatures in the volunteer areas can vary. Layers are recommended.
- Where are you located?
N.E. Portland Headquarters: 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive. Get driving directions.
Beaverton Facility: 1870 N.W. 173rd Ave. Get driving directions.