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Volunteers are at the heart of what we do

Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission of providing food to our neighbors facing hunger. 

Whether it’s sorting, packing, or distributing food – your effort makes a difference in our community!

Volunteer at Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

Joining Our Team of Hunger Heroes

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in.

At the Food Bank, we create a welcoming and safe environment to share our work and educate volunteers about the challenges of hunger our local communities face.  

Common Activities Include

  • Sorting and packing food in a warehouse setting 
  • Assisting in special events 
  • Delivering monthly food boxes to senior citizens
  • Office and clerical work

Volunteer Groups

Share the Experience Together

Make a bigger impact together as a team and organize a day for your coworkers, friends, family, or church group to volunteer! 

The Food Bank can accommodate groups of up to 25 people. Volunteer groups can sort food donations, assemble and pack food boxes, or assist at one of our distributions.

Contact us if you are interested in hosting a group of 10 or more. We require 4 weeks advance notice to schedule. 

Youth Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering can have a life-long effect on kids and teenagers. We believe it is one of the best ways to connect children to the community they live in.

We welcome schools, families, and faith organizations to schedule group sessions for kids age 12 and up to support our neighbors. We require 4 weeks advance notice to schedule groups.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, we kindly request at least one adult chaperone to accompany every group of ten. 

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Scheduling a Shift is Easy


The volunteer hereby freely, voluntarily and without duress executes this release under the following terms:

  1. Assumption of Risk. The volunteer understands that the activities/work may be hazardous to the Volunteer, including, but not limited to lifting, loading and unloading, and other warehouse activities. Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes the risk of injury or harm and releases The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.
  2. Release and Waiver. Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge and hold harmless The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from Volunteer’s activities with The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. Volunteer understands that this release discharges The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana from any liability or claim with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death or property damage that may result from Volunteer’s activities. Volunteer understands that The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability insurance in the event of injury or illness.
  3. Medical Treatment. Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with the Volunteer’s activities with The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.
  4. Insurance. The volunteer understands that, except as otherwise agreed to by The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana in writing, The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana does not carry or maintain health, medical or disability insurance coverage for any Volunteer. Each Volunteer is expected and encouraged to obtain their own medical or health insurance.
  5. Other.Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of Louisiana, and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Louisiana. Volunteer agrees that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this release which shall continue to be enforceable.
  6. Use of Image. Volunteers grant permission to the rights of their image and likeness as recorded on audio or video tape without payment or any other consideration, and understand that their image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein his/her likeness appears. Additionally, event attendees and participants waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of their image or recording. It is understood that this material may be used in diverse media relations uses within an unrestricted geographic area.

    The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana follows Best Practices to promote food and personal safety. The following guidelines protect your safety and ensure a safe food supply chain at the Food Bank.

    Food Safety

    In order to prevent contamination of food products, no persons with cold symptoms, flu, boils, sores, infected wounds or any other infections or communicable diseases are permitted to contact food.
    Volunteers must wash hands before beginning shift, and after eating, drinking, using the restroom, and otherwise soiling hands.
    No food is permitted in the warehouse areas of the facility, including gum and candy. Any spill or improperly disposed of food or drink product can contaminate inventory food products and be attractants for insect pests and rodents. Bottled water is approved and available.
    No one is allowed to consume or remove from the premises any donated or purchased food or other non­food products.
    Report any glass breakage to a staff member immediately. Staff members are trained in the proper procedure to clean up glass breakage in order to prevent contamination of inventory food products.
    The FDA has identified the top eight allergens as wheat, milk, eggs, fish, seafood, peanuts, tree nuts and soy. Spills of any products containing these allergens need to be reported immediately to a staff member. Staff members are trained in the proper procedure to clean up food allergens to prevent contamination of inventory food products.

    Personal Safety

    Volunteers must check-­in at the front desk on arrival.
    Volunteers are assigned to specific work areas in the warehouse. For personal safety and accountability, volunteers must remain in their assigned work area until their shift ends or they are reassigned to another project. Volunteers should not walk throughout the warehouse without being escorted by Food Bank staff members.
    Open-­toed shoes are not permitted in the warehouse in order to protect you from powered equipment and the movement of products on pallets.
    Be aware of forklifts and pallet jacks. Pay attention when pallets are being moved.
    Stay safe!

Frequently Asked Questions

All volunteers must register in advance for a session. We are unable to accommodate walk-in volunteers.

Individuals and group leaders can sign up directly through our registration form. Once submitted our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out with more details. 

Sign Up to Volunteer

Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops allowed) and comfortable clothing. Our warehouse is not climate controlled.

You will not be permitted to work in our warehouse without appropriate shoes. Depending on the project you are assigned to, you may also be asked to remove jewelry.

We have a wide variety of jobs for volunteers. 

Common activities include:

  • Sorting, organizing and packing food donations 
  • Packing food into boxes to be distributed 
  • Bagging fresh produce
  • Delivering monthly food boxes to senior citizens
  • Office and clerical work 

No training session is required, but please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of your shift. Safety guidelines and other instructions will be given before each activity.

Typical volunteer sessions are scheduled Monday – Thursday between 9 am – 3 pm

Occasional weekend opportunities are available during special events. Volunteer shifts are usually one hour in length, although distributions can last longer.

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