Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is an integral part of the success of the Foodbank. It’s a great way to get involved in your community and help those that are less fortunate. Last year, a total of 24,900 hours were volunteered to support the Foodbank’s mission of distributing food effectively through collaborative efforts that minimize hunger, promote nutrition and encourage self-reliance through education. These hours were a result of individuals volunteering at the Foodbank facility, special fundraising events, and at USDA distribution sites. Because of our dedicated volunteers, we are able to provide additional resources to help provide food and hope to the many hungry families struggling in our community. Every hour makes a difference to those in need of food assistance.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, have fun, and make a difference in someone’s life, and yours. The Foodbank appreciates all the time you share in support of hunger relief.

Volunteer Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 4pm; Wednesday 9am until 3pm

Volunteer opportunities


The following activities are available in the warehouse:

Inspecting, sorting and stocking non-perishable food items
Off loading trucks
Assisting the Logistic Drivers with food pickups
Breaking down pallets of food
Replenishing frozen food items in the freezer
Packaging food for the Backpack Program, and other food assistance programs
Assisting agency members to load cars with food items
Assisting donors with transporting food donations into the facility 


Clerical Tasks:

At times the Food bank is in need of volunteers to help fold thank you letters, filing and other miscellaneous clerical tasks.


Backpack Program:

Through partnerships with elementary schools, the Food for Kids Backpack program is offered weekly throughout the school year. Volunteers are needed to fill donated backpacks with kid-friendly nutritional foods that children take home to have over the weekend. This volunteer opportunity, which starts in September and ends in May, is perfect for groups, and organizations.

SHARE: (Self Help and Resource Exchange) Distribution:

The Foodbank offers value packages of food, for a minimal cost, for people to purchase to help supplement food resources. Volunteers are needed to help process these orders. To learn more about this opportunity and to sign up to volunteer, please visit There are two different distribution sites for this program: Hampton & Virginia Beach. When you sign up, please ensure you select the correct location.

Special Events:

If you would like to receive the v-newsletter notifying you of volunteer needs at special events, please email Maria at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Volunteering on the Go:

If you don’t have time to physically come to the Foodbank or help at special events, you can volunteer to coordinate a fundraising event at your place of business, school, civic organization, neighborhood, or special event!

It’s easy to get started. Check out our Food and Fund Drives page to give you some ideas on how to have a successful event.


Age Guidelines:

Youth have to be at least 12 years old (with an adult) to volunteer in the warehouse. Youth 15 years old and older are welcome to offer their services on their own.

Youth groups are welcomed with one adult chaperone required for every four youth ages 12-13; and 10 youth ages 14-17.

Special Events:

Depending on the special event, the age requirements will be determined.


Dress Policy

The Foodbank is a professional organization and our appearance is based in part on how we dress. Just as the staff must follow a dress code, so do the volunteers. We are team members working together towards a common goal, so please follow these simple guidelines when dressing to volunteer at the Foodbank.

Dress for a warehouse environment.
Sneakers and work boots are the only acceptable footwear option. (no flip flops or sandals)
No "suggestive" clothing. This includes, but is not limited to short shorts, mini-skirts, halter,tank, midriff or see-through tops.
No baggy or low hanging pants. Excessively baggy clothing is a safety risk in a warehouse.
Knit caps for cold weather are permissible. Only baseball caps can be worn year round.
No purses, backpacks, personal radios, or headsets are allowed in the warehouse/office areas

Please call Maria at 757.596.7188 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in getting involved and to setup and appointment to get started.

Depending on the time of the year, some warehouse opportunities may be full.

Thank you for sharing your time and talent in support of hunger relief.