Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us

Guidelines for volunteers during COVID-19.

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.

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

The Feeding Southwest Virginia relies on more than 2,500 volunteers every year in various capacities.  Individual volunteers and volunteer groups lend support to our day-today operations as well as helping staff with special projects/events.  We could not make the impact we do without our volunteers!

Individuals that would like to donate their time click here to see volunteer opportunities and sign up!

Volunteer as a group

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

Research even 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 volunteer and help fight hunger should contact Randy Holden at rholden@feedingswva.org for our Salem Distribution Center and Salem Region and Joan Hawsey jhawsey@feedingswva.org for our Abingdon Distribution Center and Abingdon Region.

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 for our Salem Distribution Center and our Abingdon Distribution Center. 

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

Please Randy Holden rholden@feedingswva.org with any questions about volunteering in Salem/Roanoke Region.

Please contact Joan Hawsey jhawsey@feedingswva.org with any questions about volunteering in Abingdon Region.


  • 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 Salem facility, contact Jon Smith at 540-342-3011 ext. 7028.

If you have questions about court-related community service at our Abingdon facility, contact Joan Hawsey jhawsey@feedingswva.org at 276-628-9266 ext.8010.