Basics

Thank you for your desire to join us in our efforts to fight hunger. The Atlanta Community Food Bank relies on more than 15,000 volunteers every year in various capacities. Individual volunteers and volunteer groups lend support to our day-to-day operations as well as helping to staff special events and other opportunities. Please visit our “Groups” or “Individuals” tabs above to find the perfect volunteer task for your needs and email us to let us know which projects might work best for you. We’ll respond within 5 business days to discuss scheduling for you or your group. 

Ready to get started? Please review the projects.

FAQ

Sign me up! I want to volunteer for the Food Bank. How do I get started?
If you are an individual, you can sign into our scheduling system and get started. For groups, please email volunteers@acfb.org. Include your group contact phone number and email, dates you wish to volunteer, number of persons you expect to bring, and optionally the program or project for which you wish your group to volunteer. 

How many volunteers does the Food Bank need?
Approximately 1,500 volunteers assist us on a monthly basis, donating more than 9,000 hours per month.

Can I bring a group?
Our volunteer projects can accommodate groups of various sizes and can provide team-building opportunities.  

I want to volunteer, but I never know my schedule in advance. Can I just show up? 
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate walk-up volunteers. All Food Bank volunteer shifts have a maximum capacity due to space and resource limitations. It is our goal to provide the best possible experience for each of our volunteers, so it is important for us to know in advance when you are coming in order to provide the supplies and supervision to get the job done.

Can children participate?
Yes! We love for your family, school or youth group to join us. Volunteering is a great way to teach children about service and spend some quality time with them. All children and youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Does there need to be chaperones for the children?
An adult must accompany volunteers under 18 years old. Please reference the number of adult chaperones needed for youth volunteers in our Guidelines tab. All adult chaperones in your group will be asked to sign in upon arrival, and to accept responsibility for each youth present.

What if I need to cancel?
Please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteers@acfb.org or 404-419-1727 as soon as possible (preferably at least a week in advance), so we can invite other volunteers to take your place. 

What if more people want to come with my group than signed up?
Please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteers@acfb.org or 404-419-1727 as soon as possible to see if there is room available. We may already be full for that shift, and some or all of you may need to reschedule.

Can I come for just an hour or two?
Our projects are designed for specific time periods, so we ask that volunteers commit to the entire shift. For that reason, it's also very important that you arrive on time!

Is the Food Bank able to accommodate the specials needs of a handicapped or disabled person as a volunteer?
We are able to accommodate special needs, but we evaluate our ability to accommodate on a situation-by-situation basis. Please call 404-419-1727 to discuss your specific needs.

Can I use your conference rooms for meeting space before or after our project?
The Food Bank offers meeting space for a modest fee, based on availability. For more information on reserving a meeting room, please contact roomreservations@acfb.org.

Where can I eat nearby?
There are lots of restaurants in ACFB’s vicinity! To find and get more info on restaurants near our 30318 zip code, visit urbanspoon.com

How can I complete court-related community service hours?
Mandatory court-related service hours are tracked differently than our regular volunteer opportunities. Contact communityservice@acfb.org or 404.419.1730.

Guidelines

Volunteers must be at least 8 years old to work in the Product Rescue Center and Community Gardens projects, at least 16 years old to work in the Kids in Need project, and at least 18 to work in any of ACFB’s other volunteer opportunities.

  • Chaperones - An adult must accompany volunteers under 18 years old. All adult chaperones in your group will be asked to sign in upon arrival, and to accept responsibility for each youth present. Please download and sign our Youth Liability Waiver before your child volunteers at ACFB.
  • Required Attire – all volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate in any project unless otherwise indicated.
  • Group Size – Volunteers are asked not to exceed their reserved headcount. If you desire slots for additional volunteers, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to determine whether there is additional space available
  • Physical Requirements - Some projects may require standing for prolonged periods of time or light to heavy lifting. Please make sure to read the physical requirements for each volunteer task before signing up for a shift.
Individuals
We welcome individuals to support our volunteer projects.

In addition to our day to day projects, our special event volunteers have the chance to help at a wide spectrum of events benefiting ACFB – everything from greeting guests at prestigious social galas to collecting donations at a Major League Baseball game, or helping at our annual Hunger Walk/Run! With some exceptions, most special event volunteer opportunities are offered on weeknights or weekends. 
 
**All volunteers must attend a one-time special event orientation prior to volunteering for any ACFB special event. This applies to our current volunteers as well as new volunteers.**
 
In order to sign up for day to day volunteer projects as well as the special event volunteer orientation, please sign in to our volunteer management system (opens in a new window).  
 
Note: Youth volunteers (17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult to volunteer with us.  
Groups

Thank you for your interest in ending hunger with your Atlanta Community Food Bank! With 1 in 5 local residents facing hunger across our state, passionate groups like yours ensure we can continue to distribute over 60 million pounds of food each year.

Here at the Food Bank we are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from our corporate, civic and scholastic volunteer partners. Our Volunteer Services team will work diligently to match your group with the most impactful service event possible. Please follow the easy steps below to find your best fit and we look forward to seeing you soon.  

STEP 1: Browse the open service events to identify areas of interest and availability that match your preferences. Please try to identify several options, as our service events do tend to fill quickly.

STEP 2: Email volunteers@acfb.org or call 404-419-1727 to schedule a group service date. *Please Note: Registering as an individual is not a group reservation. 

Our Volunteer Services Department will work to respond within 24 hours. The office is closed Saturday-Sunday, so give us a little time on Mondays if you contact us over the weekend!

Most Frequent Group Opportunities (click link to view shifts for each service area):

Build Food Security -  Serve in Communities across Greater Atlanta:

Bridge the Meal Gap – Right from our Atlanta warehouse

General Volunteer Guidelines:

Dress Code: Closed-toe shoes are required. Sneakers or work boots are recommended. Volunteers not wearing closed-toe shoes will not be allowed to enter the warehouse/participate in the event. 

Age Requirements: Volunteers must be age 8 or older. All volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older).

Chaperone Requirements for Youth: 

Every volunteer group with children must follow the chaperone ratio. Groups who do not bring the required number of adult chaperones will not be able to participate in the volunteer shift. Chaperones are required to remain with underage volunteers at all times.

  • Required Chaperone Ratio Ages 8 -12 years: 1 adult per every 4 children (age 8-12) 
  • Required Chaperone Ratio Ages 13- 17 years: 1 adult per every 8 youth ( age 13 and older)
 
Please Note: The Volunteer Services department does not provide service hours for any court-mandated service. If you are seeking court-mandated service hours and would like to learn about our facility maintenance program, click now. 
 
Ready to find your best fit? Visit our Volunteer Hub!
 
Projects

Product Rescue Center
The Product Rescue Center (PRC) provides great hands-on experience in a diverse and social atmosphere. Groups and individual volunteers come together to inspect, sort, and pack quality grocery donations. Shifts are 2.5 to 3 hours long. This project is not appropriate for those who cannot do moderate lifting (5-40 lbs) or stand for prolonged periods. This project may require sorting of frozen or refrigerated items such as meats and dairy products.

Kids in Need
Kids In Need provides school supplies free of charge to teachers in low-income schools by inviting them to “shop” after school hours in our Kids in Need warehouse.

Individuals assist teachers with the shopping process, and also help to restock the store. This project is not appropriate for those who cannot do moderate lifting (20-40 lbs.) or stand for prolonged periods. Kids in Need volunteers are asked to make an ongoing commitment to a 3 hour shift either weekly or bi-weekly for August - December and/or January - May. Restocking shifts are held each Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon. Teacher Assistant shifts run Mondays thru Thursdays, 3 – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and one Saturday per month from 8:45 to noon or 1 – 4 p.m.

Volunteer groups (5 minimum to 12 maximum) are needed to help with sorting and restocking inventory. Group volunteer projects can be scheduled on Mondays or Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  

Community Gardens (Groups Only)
Community gardening brings neighbors together and empowers people to supplement their food supply by growing it themselves. ACFB provides gardening expertise, volunteer help, tools, seeds and more to area community gardens. Learn more about Community Gardens.

No prior garden experience is needed – an ACFB gardening professional will be there to direct the group. Projects may include gardening, clean-up, plant rescue, plant shows or produce collection. Most projects last about three hours. This project is not appropriate for those who cannot do moderate lifting (20-40 lbs.) or stand for prolonged periods.

Grocery Floor (Individuals Only)
Volunteering for the grocery floor is a fun, hands-on experience for individuals who enjoy interacting with ACFB's partner agencies. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9-12 to help agencies select grocery items, keep the shelves restocked, and  load groceries into agency vehicles. Think of yourself as a personal shopper! This project is perfect for individuals at least 18 years of age who can lift 25 - 50 lbs. We are seeking volunteers who are interested in a recurring volunteer opportunity, maybe once or twice a week or a few times per month.

Special Events
Our special event volunteers have the opportunity to help at a wide spectrum of events benefiting ACFB – everything from greeting guests at events to collecting donations at a Major League Baseball game, or helping at our annual Hunger Walk/Run! With some exceptions, most special event volunteer opportunities are offered on weeknights or weekends.

As the Atlanta Community Food Bank continues to expand we continue to streamline our processes to more efficiently meet the growing demand for our services. 

Ready to get started? Please review the projects. Click here to fill out the Group Volunteer Request Form if you are interested in bringing a group of 5 or more. If you are an individual, please visit our Volunteer Management system page to see project dates and times and to register for specific projects.

Special Events

Volunteering at Special Events and Opportunities

Our special event volunteers have the chance to help at a wide spectrum of events benefiting ACFB – everything from greeting guests at prestigious social galas to collecting donations at a Major League Baseball game, or helping at our annual Hunger Walk/Run! With some exceptions, most special event volunteer opportunities are offered on weeknights or weekends. 

**All volunteers must attend a one-time special event orientation prior to volunteering for any ACFB special event. This applies to our current volunteers as well as new volunteers.**

If you are seeking volunteer hours in connection to any court-related matter or if you have been advised or sentenced to perform community service for a misdemeanor or legal violation, you are required to go through a screening and orientation prior to volunteering with ACFB.

You are eligible to be a part of our court-related community service program provided you meet the following criteria:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • Your charge is not related to sex, violence, weapon possession or any form of theft.
  • You have been assigned or requested to perform at least 40 hours of service.
  • You attend a mandatory Community Service Volunteer Orientation prior to serving any of your required hours.  When you report for orientation you must bring proof of your charge, written documentation from the probation officer, counselor, attorney or other official, including phone numbers, fax numbers and other contact information.

If you have any further questions about our court-related community service program, email us at communityservice@acfb.org or call us at 404-892-3333 ext 1473. Orientations are usually conducted on Friday afternoons. Please fill out this form prior to coming to orientation.