Volunteering during COVID-19

The Food Bank greatly relies on our volunteers, especially in times of crisis. On top of our standard, daily, safety and hygiene processes, we have several additional measures in place to protect volunteers & staff during COVID-19. At this time:

  • Only healthy, symptom-free, community members who have not traveled to states with the highest number of cases (see map here) within the last 14 days may volunteer at our facilities
  • Effective July 8, 2021, the Food Bank has removed age restrictions on volunteers, and will begin raising group sizes.
  • Masks will be required for unvaccinated staff, volunteers, and guests and optional for vaccinated staff, volunteers, and guests. The Food Bank has masks on hand if you are unable to bring your own.
  • All volunteers must wash hands upon entering the Food Bank, in advance of beginning your project.

Volunteer at The Food Bank

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Bank’s mission. Every day, Food Bank volunteers are making a tangible contribution to our communities. Volunteers are vital to ensuring nutritious food reaches our neighbors in needs. We could never do this important work alone!

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Raleigh Branch

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Volunteer at Raleigh

Durham Branch

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Volunteer at Durham

Greenville Branch

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Volunteer at Greenville

New Bern Branch

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Volunteer at New Bern

Sandhills Branch

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Volunteer at Sandhills

Wilmington Branch

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Volunteer at Wilmington

“I enjoy volunteering immensely–it feels like genuinely useful work, and is a nice physical break from my screen-heavy job. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the food distribution system in the US–to see what happens to extras/seconds/damaged/other unwanted items from supermarkets/producers, what happens to stuff you give to food drives, what the government does and doesn’t do to ensure food security.”  -Volunteer


The Food Bank is honored to be certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise! Our certification signifies that we have the capability and management expertise to strategically use our amazing volunteers to make an even bigger difference, not only in our warehouses, but in our communities. This is a prestigious accomplishment, and we are proud to join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance.

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