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Volunteer FAQs

Q: How do I get started volunteering?

A: The best way to get started is in our Food Distribution Center (FDC). We have shifts Tuesday – Saturday 8:30-11:30am, and 12:30-3:30pm; (no pm shift is offered). If you are looking to join one of the shifts as an individual or a group, please click here for more information.


Q: Are there any age requirements to volunteering at Second Harvest?

A: Yes. Please note that all children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

  • In the FDC kids 14-17 can volunteer
  • At Izzy’s Corner, kids 7-13 years-old can volunteer


Q: I have registered on Volunteer Hub, but all Saturday opportunities in the FDC are filled. Can I just show up?

A: We have a volunteer limit at each shift to provide the best experience for all our volunteers. If a shift is filled up on Volunteer Hub, keep checking as there are often cancellations that will open a slot for you.


Q: Is there parking at Second Harvest?

A: Volunteer parking is located in the rear of our building; just follow the signs that say “Volunteer Parking.” Overflow parking is to the left when you first turn off of Marine Way to enter our facility. Click here for a map of our location. Parking spaces are limited, so we highly encourage carpooling.


Q: Can I bring snacks for my group/self?

A: We have a volunteer break room where you can leave your snacks. Coffee and water are provided by Second Harvest.


Q: Should I bring my personal belongings with me?

A: You may bring personal belongings, but we encourage you to leave any valuables at home or locked in your car.


Q: What is Izzy’s Corner?

A: Izzy’s Corner is a kid-safe, kid-friendly space inside the FDC. Izzy’s Corner is all about kids helping kids where you and your child will learn that you are never too young to make a difference. Please click here for more information.


Q: We are scheduled to volunteer at Izzy’s Corner several months from now. Is there a way to engage my children in giving back before our volunteer date?

A: Yes. Our Paper Palace Bank and Peanut Butter and Jelly Buddies programs are two kid-friendly activities that are a great way to prepare for your volunteer day. For more info on Paper Palace Banks click here, and for more info on Peanut Butter and Jelly Buddies click here. Kids can also host a food drive or raise funds through a lemonade stand or garage sale—the sky’s the limit!


Q: I’ve noticed that Izzy’s Corner fills up very far in advance. Do you ever get cancellations?

A: Occasionally spaces will open up. You can call the Volunteer Department at 949-653-2900 periodically to see if any additional spots have become available.


Q: How far in advance do you book?
A: For all of our opportunities, we schedule a maximum of 6 months in advance.


Q: I’d like to bring in a food donation during my volunteer shift. Is that okay?

A: Yes. We have food donation barrels in our Volunteer Department for your donations. If you have a large donation or would like a receipt, please arrive early to allow time for your donation to be processed. Please click here for more information and to see our most need items list.


Q: My son/daughter needs verification of community service hours for school. Can you verify this?

A: Yes. Please speak to a Volunteer Coordinator when you arrive. If the school provides a verification form, bring that with you.


Q: We’d like to serve food directly to individuals in the community. Do you have opportunities like that?

A: Second Harvest Food Bank is a food distribution center which distributes food to our community partners who then distribute food to people in need.