Volunteers are essential to our mission, keeping our costs low and efficiency high. Second Harvest has several areas of volunteer need: Re-pack, re-work, administration and special events. Our volunteer program is flexible and both individuals and groups are welcome.
Once a month Second Harvest sends out an email blast about upcoming volunteer opportunities with the food bank. To be added to this list and start receiving emails, please .
Community Service Volunteers: Non-violent, non-theft court appointed volunteers may be accepted by Second Harvest. Those interested in fulfilling community service requirements should for more details. All community service volunteers must be pre-approved before beginning volunteer service.
All volunteers may be subject to a background check and must abide by the safety rules and code of conduct. Any volunteer acting inappropriately will be dismissed immediately.
Re-pack volunteer efforts focus on taking bulk items like dried beans, cereal, rice, and grain; then repackaging it in manageable sizes for use by hungry families. The re-pack area is in operation M-Saturday 9-12 and 1-4. Please for more details or to sign up for a shift.
The re-work volunteer area is busy year round. Volunteer sort and inspect canned goods from food drives and package them into food boxes. The re-work area is in operation M-Saturday 9-12 and 1-4. Groups and individuals are welcome. Please for more details or to sign up for a shift. Church, youth, civic, corporate and groups of all types are welcome. Salvage sorting can accommodate larger groups (up to 30) who are interested in participating in Hunger 101.
Throughout the year Second Harvest coordinates special fund raising events. These events include formal dinners, biker rallies, golf tournaments, art exhibits and many others. Volunteers are vital to the success of each of these events. For more information about events click here.
Throughout the harvest season, Second Harvest is involved in various gleaning activities at several farms throughout East Tennessee. We need strong volunteer groups capable of helping us gather food directly from our fantastic farm partners. Please for more details or to sign up to glean.
Several volunteers are needed in the development office to help with administrative tasks. Volunteers in development mail tax receipt letters, prepare reports, work with our database and help staff with special projects.