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The need for food banks in the San Francisco Bay Area is a constant. 

Most food banks heavily rely on their volunteers to help process donations that come in throughout the week and prepare daily meals that are served. Some are even looking for full-time staff to help manage the chaos that comes with being one of the best places to volunteer.

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Are you interested in helping out? Take a look at this current list of food banks in the San Francisco Bay Area hiring volunteers and full-time staff:

1. Dorothy Day House

Dorothy Day House in Berkeley provides shelter, food and care to those in need. With community breakfasts, an emergency storm shelter, and special services around the holiday seasons, Dorothy Day House is always looking for volunteers.

2. Alameda Food Bank

They provide food to low-income residents of Alameda on a non-discriminatory basis. A private and non-affiliated nonprofit, the Alameda Food Bank is run by three paid staff and over 150 volunteers. Join their small team and help make a difference in this community!

3. Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program

ECAP’s mission is to provide food, household furnishings, care and compassion to those in need in Emeryville and the surrounding communities. They believe food should be available to everyone and work to implement this mission through volunteers and donations. 

4. Food For Thought

Founded in 1988, Food for Thought is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those living with or affected by AIDS/HIV in Sonoma County. Located in Forestville, they provide weekly groceries for people who have been severely affected by the disease. A brief orientation is held each month for potential volunteers.

5. Pacifica Resource Center

Pacifica Resource Center supports families and individuals by providing food, housing assistance, and other services. Their main goal is to support the economic security of all Pacifica residents. A unique and much-needed set of services they offer is year-round free tax preparation, financial support groups, coaching, and programs that promote saving.

6. San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

With a team of 140 people, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank distributed 48 million pounds of food to low-income residents this year and more than 144,000 people were served each week. Talk about impact!

The great news is that they are currently hiring a number of positions, from delivery drivers to program associates. They aim to foster leadership, accountability, respect, and collaboration in all of their employees.

7. St. Anthony Foundation

Are you looking to put your technological or medical skills to good use? The St. Anthony Foundation is in need of highly skilled volunteers in their technology lab and medical clinic. This is a great opportunity for those who have full-time jobs in these industries.

8. Yolo Food Bank

This food bank coordinates the storage and distribution of food from a network of growers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and grocery stores throughout Yolo County. Their work helps provide food to 52,000 people in 19,000 households each month!

With nearly 70 partner agencies, Yolo Food Bank has grown into an organizational network of dedicated staff and volunteers.

9. Glide Memorial Church

Glide Memorial Church is a welcoming community that helps those in need through a variety of programs. One of their biggest contributions to the Bay Area is their daily meal program, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They could always use volunteers to help with meal service!

10. Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank feeds over a quarter of a million people each month through grocery and school meal programs, partnered with an expansive network of over 300 nonprofits. They welcome volunteers to aid their staff and help facilitate their mission!

Currently, they are hiring a Director of Community Nutrition. If you have some nonprofit experience under your belt, this is the perfect opportunity to work with one of the top food banks hiring now!

11. Curry Without Worry

Since 2006, Curry Without Worry has served hot vegan meals to hungry people every Tuesday in San Francisco. Weekly shifts are now available to help prepare, serve, and clean up meals. A great option if you work part-time in San Francisco.

12. Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is on a mission to feed hungry people, reduce food waste, and raise awareness of hunger and food issues. To make this possible, they rely on more than 1,000 volunteers a month and over 70 staff members to provide enough food for two meals per person in need.

They serve 178,000 people per month, so that’s a lot of meals! Volunteer with them to help make it happen.

13. Food Runners

In an effort to avoid waste, Food Runners picks up excess food from Bay Area businesses and delivers it to local food banks and charity programs. They have scheduled regular food runners and on-call runners. If you have a car for pickups, this is a great volunteer opportunity that is both small and highly flexible.

14. Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County

This food bank provides lunch during the week in five dining rooms, with a food pantry for evenings and weekends. They rely heavily on volunteers to keep their mission in motion!

They also started a culinary training internship program, allowing students from the Martinez Unified School District to participate for academic credit. In the end, students earn safe serve accreditation, helping equip the next generation to work full-time as a chef.

15. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County

St. Vincent’s provides a number of programs, including a free dining room that serves daily meals, housing assistance, and an employment training program. They even have a limited number of on-the-job training opportunities for those in need with an hourly stipend. Volunteer with St. Vincent's if you’re passionate about helping people gain hireable and transferable skills.

16. Community Action of Napa Valley

Looking for jobs to inspire your nonprofit job search? We recommend volunteering in beautiful wine country first to get inspired. Community Action of Napa Valley is just the place to do it, with seven pantry locations and distribution programs for seniors and low-income residents. Their volunteers help pick up food, sort food, or work in the pantry.

17. Redwood Empire Food Bank

Redwood Empire Food Bank distributes nearly 15 million pounds of food to Sonoma County residents. Through its pantry, emergency food program, grocery boxes for seniors, and meals for kids, this Bay area food bank has many donation and volunteer opportunities.

18. Martha's Kitchen

If you’ve exhausted all of your ways to find volunteer opportunities in the Bay Area, here’s another one for you! Martha's Kitchen in San Jose serves dinner on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, breakfast on Thursdays, and distributes food throughout their community. In the true name of collaboration, they also prepare meals for other nonprofits to help aid hunger relief even further.

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