We're always looking for volunteers!

Volunteers are vital to the operations of Second Harvest Food Bank and our ability to serve all 18 counties. This past year, our volunteers donated 29,000+ hours of their time, completing mission-critical tasks in our community. Volunteer responsibilities include sorting donated items, packing food boxes, distributing food at Mobile Pantries, and helping at special events. Through the generous gift of your time, you can leave an impact here in East Tennessee.
Twenty-five volunteer slots are available per shift. Two shifts (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) are available Tuesday through Saturday each week.

Volunteer FAQ

All volunteers must be at least 10 years old and all volunteers under 16 years old must have a chaperone with them

Yes! Whether you’re a class, business, or faith group, Second Harvest can accommodate your team.

Second Harvest is able to host volunteers of any ability level. A list of possible duties for each shift will be available when you sign up.

Non-violent, non-theft court-appointed volunteers may be accepted by Second Harvest. All volunteers must be approved, 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.

Visit Volunteer East Tennessee, email volunteer@secondharvestetn.org, or give us a call at (865) 980-8473.

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Reach out today to learn more about what we do, get involved, or for additional information about our resources.