support hungry children and families

Each year, volunteers served nearly 15,000 hours at the food bank and helped distribute over 1 million pounds of food.  With only five paid full-time staff members, the White Center Food Bank is a volunteer-driven organization.  In order to ensure the needs of our customers are met and to help provide good customer service, it takes 20-25 volunteers to run the food bank when we are open for distribution.

The White Center Food Bank is open for distribution four days a week and offers a wide variety of opportunities to meet the volunteer needs of individuals, groups, and organizations that wish to help provide essential services to families in our community.

Without the support of hundreds of volunteer hours here at the food bank, we would not be able to provide so many services to our customers. There are many ways to offer your expertise here at the food bank. Please consider giving some of your time to support the community.

Volunteer Opportunities

warehouse volunteers

Like physical work? Available Tuesdays during the day?  We need your help! We need help Tuesday from 10:00am to 2-3:00pm loading and unloading trucks, working to keep the warehouse organized and stocking and sorting.


We are looking for volunteers to drive our van and accompany our drivers to collected donated food from food drives, local grocery stores and individual donors. Shifts are Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-1:00PM and 1:00PM to 4:00 PM.  A valid drivers license for driving, training in the grocery rescue program and a food handlers permit are requirements for both of these positions.  Training can be arranged by the food bank.  Minimum commitment: 1 day/week for 3 months.

Grocery Store Workers

The food bank serves approximately 60+ families each day that we are open! Volunteers help to stock shelves, package food, set up the produce and bakery department and distribute food to the community.  Training will be provided. Food handlers permit preferred and can be arranged through the food bank. Shifts run Monday from 11:30AM - 4:30PM; Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM; and the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 3:30PM - 7:30PM.  Minimum commitment: 1 day/week for 3 months.

Host a food drive

Are you a member of a community group, club, or workplace? Hosting a food drive for the food bank can be a great way to support families in White Center.  We can supply a packet of instructions and help to coordinate with grocery stores or your organization. We will also pick up donations as needed from your food drive. Some of our most desired items include: coffee, oil, sugar, flour, baking mixes, spices, canned meats, condiments, and dressings.

Event squad

Throughout the year, the food bank hosts and attends many events throughout the community. Events are typically hosted on weekends and/or evenings. We need dedicated volunteers to help spread our mission.


The Mobile Food Bank provides food to low income seniors offsite.  We currently need volunteers at the Joseph House Apartments the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 1:15 to 3:15 pm. Minimum commitment: 2 day/month for 3 months.

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