Volunteers are the heart and soul of Philabundance and we couldn’t do what we do without you!
Pamela Rainey-Lawler, Philabundance Founder

Volunteer Opportunities

Hunger Relief Center

Located in South Philadelphia, the Hunger Relief Center is Philabundance’s hub of volunteer activity. Volunteers help pack and sort donated food and prepare it for distribution to our neighbors in need. The health and safety of our volunteers, staff, partners and the community are our first priority, and we are taking all reasonable precautions to limit exposure to and the spread of COVID-19. At this time:

  •  Volunteer shifts at the Hunger Relief Center are limited to 15 people or less
  • Individuals must be 18 years or older to volunteer
  • Anyone considered high-risk should refrain from signing up to volunteer

Our operations, including volunteer shifts, are considered essential and are exempt from COVID-19 travel restrictions and closures.

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Philabundance Agency Network

You can contribute to our mission by serving right in your own community! Our agency partners (food pantries and cupboards, shelters, schools, and other distribution sites) are on the front line of our efforts to alleviate hunger, and some of them are in need of volunteers. Find a volunteer opportunity in your local community on our volunteer website. From the Programs page, just filter by distance or click on the map view icon to find an opportunity near you!

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Philabundance Community Kitchen

Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is a 16-week culinary vocational training program promoting self-sufficiency of its students by preparing them for and connecting them to work in the food service industry.

Volunteers will work with staff members to do light food prep, assemble sandwiches, package meals, and for the more experienced, follow recipes to produce meal components. Volunteers may also be asked to help with various tasks throughout the facility. Tasks may require you to lift up to 40 pounds

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Have Questions?

Read Our Volunteer FAQs

Common Questions

Is Philabundance open during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our operations, including volunteer shifts, are considered essential and are exempt from COVID-19 travel restrictions and closures.

Whom should I contact about volunteering?

You can sign up for shifts here. If you have specific questions or would like to register a group, please email the volunteer department (Volunteer@philabundance.org) or call 215-339-0900.

Can I bring a group?

In the wake of COVID-19, we have postponed all large-group gatherings, including volunteer shifts of more than 15 people.

How old do you have to be to volunteer with Philabundance?

Hunger Relief Center volunteers must be 18 years or older to volunteer due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

I need to complete community service for school hours, can I do that at Philabundance?

You can sign up for shifts on our volunteer calendar, but we are unable to guarantee a set number of hours. We also are not able to provide one-on-one supervision at this time.

What should I wear to volunteer?

All volunteers are required to wear a mask and gloves. If you do not have your own, PPE will be provided. Volunteers must also wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops allowed) and comfortable clothing. Specific attire instructions will be sent to you in your confirmation email when you register for a shift.

The date/time I want to volunteer is “Full” or “Reserved” on the calendar. How can I join that shift?

Shifts marked “Full” or “Reserved” have already reached capacity and cannot accommodate more volunteers. Please find another shift that works for your schedule.

Do you have any shifts available that aren’t on the calendar? Weekends? Can we customize an event to work with our schedule?

All of our shifts are listed on our volunteer calendar. At this time we are unable to accommodate requests outside of the shifts listed on the calendar.

Can Philabundance provide me with documentation of my hours?

Yes, the Volunteer Department staff can provide a standard form to verify hours or sign documentation that you bring in. Please ask for this at the beginning of your shift. Letters of recommendation will be written on a case-by-case basis.

Can I bring donations with me to my volunteer shift?

Yes, please! We accept donations of all non-perishable food during your volunteer shift. Check out a list of our most needed items.

How can I stay updated on upcoming volunteer opportunities?

You can check out all of our volunteer opportunities on our online calendar. You can also subscribe to our VolunteerFeed E-Newsletter, and follow us on Facebook.

Is there parking?

Free parking is available at the Hunger Relief Center.

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