Welcome to the Volunteer Experience! Second Harvest could not operate at full capacity without the thousands of hours our volunteers contribute. We welcome volunteers in every aspect of Second Harvest and our programs. We serve more than 15,000 individuals each week and distribute 500,000 pounds of food each month. This is only possible with our volunteers.

Qualified volunteers are:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Supervised by an adult if they are between the ages of 10 and 16, and one adult is required for every seven volunteers under the age of 16.

The following do not meet our qualifications for volunteering:

  • Court-ordered community service volunteers
  • Volunteers currently on probation
  • Volunteers younger than 10 years of age

Please review the Food Safety Brochure prior to starting your shift. Questions: Call or email Dona McAndrews (816.364.3663)

 View Current Volunteer Opportunities

Hunger 101

A One hour crash course on Hunger!

If you are becoming a volunteer or you have ever even considering volunteering, we encourage you to take Hunger 101. This one-hour crash course will teach you the basics about Second Harvest’s vision and ignite a passion in you to work with us toward hunger-free communities. For a Hunger 101 schedule, contact us at info@ourcommunityfoodbank.org.

Become a Second Harvest Volunteer

Second-Harvest-volunteerWelcome to Second Harvest! We are excited that you are thinking of becoming a volunteer. Without our dedicated volunteers providing thousands of hours of donated time, Second Harvest could not run its operations.

Second Harvest provides a variety of volunteer opportunities because volunteers are a necessary part of every program we offer.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to offer their individual services without adult supervision, and adult supervisors must accompany volunteers ages 10 to 16 and must work beside the volunteer at all times. One adult supervisor is required for every seven volunteers ages 10 to 16. We are unable to accept court ordered community service volunteers, volunteers currently on probation, and volunteers younger than 10 years of age.

Please review the Food Safety Brochure prior to starting your shift.

Second Harvest relies on a full staff of volunteers to help us in all of our programs. Check out the options below to see where you can join the team! For more detailed information, please call us at 816.364.FOOD or contact us at info@ourcommunityfoodbank.org.

Group Information (Please leave blank if you are not volunteering with group.)
Group Name
Date Scheduled
Personal Information
Date of Birth*
State of ID Issued*
State ID Number*
Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense—felony or misdemeanor?*
If yes, specify the offense and the year, state, and county of the offense
Making your volunteer experience a positive one is important to us. Please note any special needs
Emergency Contact
Contact Name*
Phone Number*
Alt. Phone Number
Volunteer Consent Form

I understand that volunteerism at Second Harvest Community Food Bank may sometimes mean working in warehouse conditions and can sometimes include but is not limited to lifting, working around heavy moving equipment and handling damaged food products. I herby accept and assume full responsibility for any injury I might suffer while volunteering at Second Harvest. Minor Diplomats are expected to follow safety rules and all other rules related to the warehouse. In the event of an injury parents/guardians authorizes Second Harvest staff to seek treatment for minor Diplomats (under 18) and to take other action should a medical emergency arise and waive and release my right for damages. Parental Permission: Second Harvest will take all precautions to provide and maintain a safe environment for its Diplomats. Minor Diplomats are expected to follow safety rules and all other rules related to the warehouse. Second Harvest accepts no liability for minor Diplomats who leave Second Harvest property without parental or guardian consent. Auto Insurance: I shall not operate a personal vehicle for volunteer activities unless I have at least the minimum amount of liability insurance required by Missouri law. Photo Release: I hereby give Second Harvest permission to copyright and/or use, reuse and/or publish and/or republish pictures or images of me for the purpose of illustration, advertising and promoting Second Harvest through any medium. Second Harvest has the right to change or alter this material.

Typed Name*
Typed Name of Guardian, if under 18
Date :
Background Check Waiver

Second Harvest will conduct a background check based on the personal information you provide. Please understand that your ability to volunteer at Second Harvest is contingent on the successful completion of a background check. Second Harvest utilizes a third-party service by Raptor Technologies to perform the background check. If you do not wish to have a background check completed or do not have a State issued identification; you are not eligible to volunteer for Second Harvest unless you provide a completed background check from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. By signing below, you authorize Second Harvest to perform a background check based on the information you provided.

Typed Name:*