Foodbank's youngest philanthropists Dario and JacobThere is an abundance of food, knowledge and philanthropy in our community. Only by working together can we channel this bounty to its greatest impact. Our partners include 300 local nonprofits, companies and civic groups, Community leaders and volunteers of every age… and YOU!

In 2013, volunteers provided nearly 20,000 hours of volunteer service. This support saves thousands of dollars and allows the Foodbank to provide more resources to the community.

How to Get Started Volunteering:

  1. View the opportunities listing.
  2. Apply online or download and fill out the application.
  3. Contact a Community Leadership staff member via email or phone to setup an interview and tour of the facility. They will provide additional information about the positions available.
  4. Start volunteering to end hunger and transform the health of our communities.

North County Facility:

Darlene Chavez

Community Leadership Manager

(805) 937-3422 ext. 109

Email: [email protected]
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-North County Volunteer Opportunities

South County Facility:

Melissa Howard

Community Leadership Coordinator

(805) 967-5741 ext. 112

Email: [email protected]

-Volunteer Opportunities_South County

  • Community Impact Volunteers

    Our community leadership model increases our impact and sustainability while creating an incredibly powerful, long-standing network of people engaged in solving nutritional problems in our county.

    Community Leader

    With a weekly or monthly commitment, we will empower you to become a community leader by providing training in skills ranging from growing your own food to food literacy curricula for children. Meet our Community Leaders.

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    Knowledge Philanthropist

    What’s a knowledge philanthropist? Someone (or a group) that uses a special skill to advance the Foodbank’s mission in the area of technology, fund development, logistics, finance etc. Meet our Knowledge Philanthropists.


    Group Volunteer


    Group volunteering is not only a good way of giving back to the community,  but can also be a fun activity that brings your employees together. More info… 




    Local families are getting involved with the Foodbank through family-focused volunteer projects and activities.


    Find out more about our Saturday Family Days at our facilities and the JOIN JACOB Team!