Volunteer with Us

Volunteer with Us

COVID Policy (Updated August 4, 2021)

Due to current high rates of transmission all employees and volunteers — vaccinated and unvaccinated — are required to wear masks at all times.  This applies to outside events as well.  We ask that you take your temperature and complete our temperature check question sheet when you sign in for each shift.  We will limit volunteer group numbers to allow for social distancing in the designated event space. 

Thank you for your cooperation and we do appreciate your commitment to help fight hunger in our community in these challenging times. Our work could not get done without you, and we want to keep you safe.

Feeding Southwest Virginia relies on over 2,500 volunteers every year.  Individual volunteers and volunteer groups help with our day-to-day operations and with special projects and events.  We could not make the impact we do without our volunteers!

Thank you for your desire to join us in our efforts to fight hunger in Southwest Virginia!



Volunteer as a group


Many businesses and organizations see short and long-term benefits from getting outside the office with employees to provide meaningful service to the community.

Research shows that employees prefer to work for companies invested in charitable causes and volunteering is a terrific way to facilitate that need at a relatively low cost to you.

  • Get to know your colleagues on a more personal level.
  • Break outside your regular office hierarchies.
  • Build camaraderie and strengthen relationships.
  • Share an experience that you can take back to the office.


Get involved – volunteering at the food bank is fun, easy and engaging!



Businesses and organizations that would like to help fight hunger through volunteering should contact one of our local coordinators.

  Salem/Roanoke Region:  Randy Holden at 540-342-3011 x. 7016 or rholden@feedingswva.org  

  Abingdon Region:  Joan Hawsey at 276-628-9266 x. 8010 or jhawsey@feedingswva.org



Where to go and what to do.



We have volunteer opportunities throughout our 26 county, 9 city service area.  Most of the availability will be at either our Salem or Abingdon Distribution Centers. 

If you are coming to either Salem or Abingdon, the Volunteer Entrance is located BEHIND the warehouse.

Please contact one of our volunteer coordinators if you have questions or need further information.

    Salem/Roanoke Region:  Randy Holden at 540-342-3011 x. 7016 or rholden@feedingswva.org  

    Abingdon Region:  Joan Hawsey at 276-628-9266 x. 8010 or jhawsey@feedingswva.org



  • Attire: you must wear close-toed shoes at all times.
  • Age: Volunteers must be at least 8 years old accompanied by an adult to work in Bulk Repack and at least 16 to work anywhere else at the food bank.
  • Groups: Please do not exceed your reserved headcount.
  • Physical: Please make sure to read the physical requirements for each volunteer task before signing up for a shift. Many projects require standing for prolonged periods of time or light to heavy lifting.


Court Ordered Community Service


If you have questions about court-related community service at our facilities, please contact one of our representatives.

Salem/Roanoke:  Jon Smith at 540-342-3011 x. 7028 or jksmith@feedingswva.org

Abingdon:  Joan Hawsey at 276-628-9266 x. 8010 or jhawsey@feedingswva.org