Be A Volunteer

We need you.


Volunteering is an integral part of the success of the Foodbank.  Volunteering is a great way to meet people, team build, learn job skills, and of course, have fun while giving back. Because of volunteers, we are making progress towards our vision of a hunger free and properly nourished community.

Last year over 6,800 individuals provided over 31,780 hours in support of the Foodbank’s mission to minimize hunger in our community, insuring that no one goes to bed hungry.  These hours represent individuals, organizations, and businesses volunteering at the Foodbank facility, special events, coordinating a food drive and/or assisting with the monthly Outreach Programs.  Because of our dedicated volunteers, we are able to provide additional resources in an effort to inspire hope to struggling families. Every hour makes a difference, each can feeds, every $1 provides.

If you would like to volunteer at the Foodbank, please contact Maria Quigley, Volunteer Coordinator, at 757.596.7188 x 154 or email


Special Events

On the Go


Foodbank Facility Opportunities

  • Sort and Inspect Non-Perishable food donations
  • Stock the Shelves for agency members with non-perishable food donations
  • General Warehouse consisting of offloading trucks, assisting drivers with pickups, break down of shipments, corrugate recycling, and other miscellaneous tasks
  • Pack food bags to support food programs: BackPack for Kids, Mobile Food Pantry, and the USDA (The Emergency Food Assistance).
  • Assist donors with transporting food donation

Community Outreach Programs

Assist at monthly offsite Community Outreach Programs:

  • Every 2nd Monday in Hampton from 11am – 2pm
  • Every 3rd Tuesday in Newport News from 9a-1p
  • Every 4th Monday in Newport News from 1-4:30p
  • Every 4th Tuesday in Newport News from 9a-1p

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NOTE: The number of individuals needed for each site will vary. Physical Challenges: Standing and Lifting (Approximately 20 LBS). The Outreach Programs takes place rain or shine.

Special Events do occur throughout the year. Special Event hours are established with each event. We generally post these events using our V-Newsletter. Another way to find out about volunteer opportunities is through the Foodbank, Volunteer Match, or The United Way.

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is not typically open on weekends. However, one Saturday each month we host a SHARE Hampton Roads food distribution. If you are interested in volunteering with the SHARE program or want to learn more, you can visit , search for “food” to learn more about this event, dates offered and/or to sign up.

If you don’t have time to physically come to the Foodbank or help at special events, you can volunteer to coordinate a fundraising event at your place of business, school, civic organization, neighborhood or special event.

Age Guidelines:
The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank aims to engage volunteers of all ages in hands-on experiences that directly support the Foodbank and its agencies.  The following guidelines have been developed to ensure the safety of all volunteers while providing an opportunity to learn about hunger on the Virginia Peninsula.

  • Because of safety considerations, the Peninsula Foodbank is unable to accommodate children under 12 years old for a volunteer project.  We will be happy to discuss other ways for younger children (individuals and groups) to be involved in our work and will make every attempt to accommodate tours for younger groups during some hours of operation.
  • Youth volunteer groups are welcome at the Foodbank to assist in the warehouse with one (1) adult chaperone required for every:
    • Six (6) children ages 12-13
    • Ten (10) children ages 14-17
  • Youth group supervisors MUST work alongside their youth.
  • Youth 15 and older are welcome to offer their individual services on their own .
  • You must be at least 12 years old to volunteer; 12 to 14 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • To volunteer on SHARE distribution day,  you can visit , search for “food” to learn more about this event, dates offered and/or to sign up..
  • Volunteers of any age may be restricted from performing certain tasks (i.e. operating warehouse equipment, heavy lifting, etc.).
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver prior to beginning their work assignment.
  • Due to safety considerations, the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula reserves the right to limit the number of children at a volunteer site at one time.

Dress Code: The Foodbank is a professional organization and our professional appearance is based in part on how we dress.  Just as the staff must follow a dress code, so do the volunteers.  We are team members working together towards a common goal.  Please follow these simple guidelines when dressing to volunteer at the Foodbank.

  • Dress for a warehouse environment. 
  • Sneakers and work boots are the only acceptable footwear option.  (no flip flops or sandals)
  • Absolutely no “suggestive” clothing.  This includes, but is not limited to short shorts; mini-skirts; and halter, tank, midriff or see-through tops. 
  • No droopy pants.  Excessively baggy clothing is a safety risk in a warehouse.
  • Knit caps for cold weather are permissible.  Only Baseball caps can be worn year round.  

No  purses, backpacks, personal radios, or headsets are allowed in the warehouse/office areas.
Please call Maria at 757.596.7188 or email  if you are interested in getting involved to set-up an appointment to get started.

Depending on the time of year, some opportunities may be unavailable.

Thank you for sharing your time and talent in support of hunger relief.

Volunteer Hours

Monday- Friday: 9am-3pm

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