Current Covid-19 Guidelines
Starting Tuesday, June 15th we are moving forward with current county and CDC guidelines regarding our mask policy. Vaccinated individuals will be able to make the choice as to whether or not they wear a mask. The exception to this is people working directly with clients, we are asking that you still wear a mask during those interactions. We are open to people still wearing masks without question but we also want you to know that some will not be wearing masks during their shift.
For the time being, we are only allowing volunteers 14 and older at the food bank.
Our Volunteers Have Fun!
We can always use volunteers to help out with various tasks around the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank. Being 100% volunteer supported, we rely on people in our community to chip in with their time to help clean, sort food, and hold food drives – all with the purpose of serving our neighbors in need. We handle all of our volunteer through the website via our Volunteer Central.
Teams – Volunteering in a group of 2 or more
If you are coming to volunteer as a group of 2 or more, please contact us first before signing up for a shift at email@example.com. A team can be work colleagues, families, individuals needing a helper, or a group of friends. We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to volunteer with us and we are only able to take a certain number of teams each shift. Other opportunities are available for teams to volunteer with our harvest team (check our volunteer page) on a need basis or at the Food Bank Farm (Click Here).
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Tuesday and Wednesday Prep Crew
We have regular weekly community service opportunities, and this is a great place for new volunteers to get acquainted with OVFOFB. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am – 1pm, we process the food coming in for our weekly distributions. There are also various projects ranging from the assembly of food bags, gardening, sorting food, assembly homeless kits, washing/cleaning, moving our food stock from the warehouse to the staging room, etc. This is a weekly community service opportunity for any age. Please wear closed toe shoes. Under age 14 must be accompanied by parent.
Weekly Food Distribution (Mon, Wed Evening & Thurs)
We are currently open for distribution Mondays 11-1pm, Wednesday 4:30-6:30 and Thursday 10-12:30. Typically there is a need for a few extra people each week to help sort food, prepare bags, carry bags to cars, and welcome those that come in to get their food each week. We have a regular weekly volunteer staff and provide a few available slots for additional volunteers to get involved each shift. Please sign up online if you’re interested in helping with a Weekly Food Distribution. Click the button to sign up for one of the upcoming available shifts.
Food Bank Farm Help
Please visit Foodbank.farm for more information about how you can help and volunteer with the farm project.
We do have garden beds to take care of at the food bank as well. If you have a green thumb, let us know and we can see about helping you plug in there as well.
Grocery Store Food Drives
Looking for a way to involve your whole family, even the younger ones? Help us by volunteering at our food drives at grocery stores during October and November each year. Spend a couple hours at the entrance of a local grocery store and pass out flyers listing the items we’re currently in need of. As people exit, they are able to drop off donations which are collected and transported to the food bank for distribution each week. This is a very important part of keeping the food bank in operation.
Do you have a group that would like to serve together? We love having groups come in to help out. Please contact our volunteer coordinator to set up a time for your group so we can do our best to accommodate you. firstname.lastname@example.org