Volunteer Information

Become a Food Bank Volunteer!

State College Food Bank Volunteers are the backbone of the Food Bank's operation and provide over 10,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Thanks to all of our volunteers, without whom the Food Bank could not fulfill its mission of providing food assistance to families in need.

Did you know?!
  There are over 70 individuals who volunteer at the Food Bank on a regular weekly basis.

The State College Food Bank is a fun and rewarding place to volunteer! If you would like to help fulfill the Food Bank's mission of providing food to those in need in Centre County, consider filling out an application to be a Food Bank volunteer.


Daily volunteer shifts are as follows:

Mondays 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesdays no volunteer shifts on Tuesdays
Wednesdays 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm
Fridays 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm
There may be occasional volunteer opportunities outside of the days and hours listed above. Please make sure to indicate your availability on your volunteer application form. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@scfoodbank.org if you have questions about volunteering.
INDIVIDUALS: New volunteers must complete an application and a volunteer training program before being assigned to a regular weekly shift. 
GROUPS: Volunteer groups are occasionally utilized for special projects and events. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@scfoodbank.org if you are interested in learning about group volunteering opportunities.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH: The Food Bank does not utilize in-house volunteers under the age of 18. However, local children and youth in our community can support our mission in other wonderful ways. Here are a few ideas for any young person who wants to support the State College Area Food Bank!
  • take up a food collection at your next birthday party or event
  • organize a food drive in your neighborhood, school, team, or club
  • organize a fundraiser that benefits the Food Bank (lemonade stand, car wash, etc.)
CLIENTS: Food Bank clients (and family members of clients) are not permitted to volunteer at the Food Bank. We encourage clients to support our community by volunteering at other United Way partner agencies or other local human service agencies. 
COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Food Bank accepts applications from individuals and groups who have community service requirements, including requirements related to academics, extracurricular activities, and court mandated service. Applications will be considered based on the required number of service hours, timeframe in which hours must be completed, and the nature of/reason for the community service requirement. Please make sure to indicate your community service requirements on the volunteer application form.


Applications are accepted for all volunteer positions throughout the year. Please visit our Volunteer Application page to complete and send your application.

New volunteers are trained and added to the volunteer schedule on an as-needed basis. You will be notified if new volunteers are not needed at the time of your application. All volunteers must complete the necessary training and paperwork. 

If you have submitted an application but have not heard back from the Food Bank within a few weeks, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 814.234.2310 or send an email to volunteer@scfoodbank.org.

***PLEASE NOTE: While new volunteer applications are always welcomed, we may not have opportunities available right away. Thank you for your understanding and support!

Volunteer Application Information