Interested in Volunteering?

Interested in Volunteering?

COVID-19 guidelines for volunteers

We are committed to responsible volunteerism. We are very, very appreciative of you supporting our cause. However, if considering participation, we ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • Please do not volunteer if you are sick or feeling unwell.
  • Please do not volunteer if you have been near someone who is sick.
  • Please do not volunteer if you have traveled or been in contact with anyone who has traveled (domestically, internationally, or via cruise) in the previous 14 days.
  • Please do not shake hands with anyone if you are attending the volunteer project.
  • Please be advised that we may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness.

Before your volunteer shift, please engage in the below for self-assessment:

“YES or NO, since your last day of volunteer work, or since your last visit to this facility, have you had any of the following:”

  • A new fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever?
  • A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • New shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • New chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • New muscle aches (myalgia) that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • Any other symptom unusual to you?

If your answer is “yes” to any of the above, please stay home and consult your physician. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to limit any unintentional harm toward volunteers, staff and populations we strive to serve.

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 Lanell Otey at

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 Salem, the Volunteer Entrance is located BEHIND the warehouse. Please contact Lanell Otey at with any questions.


  • 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. If you desire slots for additional volunteers, please contact Lanell Otey, Director of Volunteer Services.
  • 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 Renee Cox at 276-628-9266 ext.8014.