Volunteer Opportunities


In 2016/17, more than 7000 volunteers dedicated more than 36,000 hours helping Feeding America Southwest Virginia provide emergency food assistance. Volunteers sort, repack, and load food donations, work on the Cafe to Grow food truck, assist with special events, help with office work, build backpacks; and distribute food at mobile pantries.

Because of this necessary volunteer support,  we are able to function with far fewer full-time employees, thereby directing more money to programs and services that feed hungry people. FASWVA would not be able to function efficiently and on a large scale without the dedicated support of our volunteers.

The most popular shifts fill up quickly, so it’s best to sign up well in advance of the date you wish to volunteer.


All volunteers must register and setup an account with our online volunteer management system. Once registered volunteers will be able to browse through and sign up for any available event listed in the calendar of events.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please click the “Volunteer Now” button below, or scroll to the bottom of this page to view a window of upcoming events. Clicking in the window will also direct you to the volunteer account registration and sign-up pages. 

In addition, you can contact Lanell Otey, Director of Volunteer Services, by email or call (540) 342-3011 x7016.


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Quality Assurance

Volunteers in Quality Assurance





More than 60,000 lbs of food is rescued each month thanks to the work our volunteers do in the Quality Assurance area. Volunteers working in QA rescue food by inspecting and sorting dented cans, crushed boxes, or other superficially damaged food to ensure the food inside is safe and meets both Federal Government and Feeding America guidelines.

The minimum age for Quality Assurance is 16 years. Must have the ability to stand for long periods of time and lift light loads. Orientation and training is provided at the beginning of your shift.

Volunteer shifts are Tuesday – Friday from 9-12 and 1-4.
A Saturday shift from 9-1 can be scheduled to accommodate groups of up to 20.

We ask that all volunteers call ahead to schedule their volunteer shift at the food bank. It is important that we know how many volunteers we will have during each shift so that we can assure we have the QA area set up to accommodate the number of volunteers working in any given shift and to assure the safety of our staff and volunteers.


Cafe to Grow Food Truck for Children

The Cafe to Grow food truck provides fresh, nutritious meals to children after-school during the school year and throughout the summer. Truck stop locations and times vary from school year to summer, but volunteers area always needed to assist with food prep and distribution.

All Cafe to Grow volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.  Dress code for all volunteers includes closed toed shoes.  In addition, we do allow shorts to be worn, but ask that they are no more than 4” above the knee.  Please consider that that the truck may be delayed for 10-15 minutes from scheduled time due to traffic delays.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Cafe to Grow, you can learn more about days, times and needs by visiting: https://feedingswva.volunteerhub.com.  In the grey box at the top, choose “Café-to-Grow” to see the spots available.  Please register each person in your group individually.  If you are planning on bringing more people, please contact Lanell Otey at 540-342-3011, x7016.


Harvest Home Community Kitchen

Volunteers at Harvest Home Community Kitchen







A helping hand, a hot meal, a friendly face, a place to sit among friends and share a home cooked meal. You can find all this and much more at the Harvest Home Community Kitchen at our Abingdon location.

Satisfy your hunger to help someone by joining Feeding America Southwest Virginia and help provide a hot meal to our friends and neighbors living with food insecurity. Through the efforts of dedicated volunteers hundreds of meals are served every week. The Community Kitchen knows no boundaries, no one is turned away. The spirit of community is abundant as are the friendships forged.


Event Assistance

volunteer collects food at craftmen's classic







There are a number of opportunities to work at events, food drives, and fund raisers throughout the year.

Whether it’s the Craftsmen’s Classic Arts & Crafts Festival or Stamp Out Hunger – these activities can be fun and fulfilling, giving you the opportunity to directly interact with other individuals helping the hungry of Southwest Virginia.

This volunteer opportunity is perfect for outgoing individuals and groups who don’t mind talking to people and want to help spread the word about Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s mission to feed the hungry!


Office Assistance/Retired Professional Expertise

volunteers work in the office







It’s not all heavy lifting at the food bank. Our staff in both Salem and Abingdon can always use a helping hand in the office.

If heavy lifting or standing for long periods does not sound like your cup of tea, then ask us about assisting in the office with mailings, paperwork, IT needs, and other tasks.

Additionally, the food bank is always looking for retired professionals that are willing to donate their knowledge and expertise to help continue down the right path towards efficient and effective service for our partner agencies.