Only through your efforts can we achieve our mission of feeding hungry people and working to solve hunger issues in our community. We need volunteers every day to help sort and pack food donations, prepare BackPacks for hungry children, as well as assist with special events and administrative support. When you donate your time to Second Harvest, you become a partner in the fight against hunger in Middle Tennessee.

Volunteer Opportunities

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Individual
Age
21+
Details

Every Wednesday and Friday from 10:45 am – 1:30 pm

We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to one (or more) shifts on a regular basis.

The Culinary Arts Center serves lunch to the public every Wednesday and Friday from 11 am – 1 pm. Guests enjoy an express lunch on Wednesday for $8 and a themed lunch buffet on Friday for $12.

Volunteers are needed to work with a staff member at the checkout table during each First Harvest Cafe lunch. The ideal volunteer for this position will possess an upbeat attitude, great communication skills, and must be able to work under pressure and make visitors feel appreciated and important.

First Harvest Cafe volunteers will perform the following duties; greet guests, answer questions about the menu and track the number of guests who purchase lunch each day.

A great perk of this position is that volunteers will receive a complimentary lunch from First Harvest Café every time they volunteer!

Attire

Business casual

Special Instructions

For more information, and to schedule an orientation meeting, contact Stacie Denton at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or 615-627-1570.

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Individual
Age
21+
Details

8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Monday through Friday
12:00  – 4:00 pm: Monday through Friday

We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to one (or more) 4 hour shifts per week.

Volunteers are needed to assist our full-time receptionist with her daily tasks on an ongoing basis. The ideal volunteer for this position will possess an upbeat attitude, great communication skills, and must be able to work under pressure and make visitors feel appreciated and important.

Reception volunteers will perform the following duties; greet and assist visitors/volunteers/clients and donors, operate telephone console to answer incoming calls and direct calls to the appropriate staff member or satellite location, sort and distribute daily mail and answer general inquires regarding the food bank.

Attire

Business casual

Special Instructions

For more information, and to schedule an orientation meeting, contact Stacie Denton at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or 615-627-1570.

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Individual
Age
16+
Details

Court Appointed Community Service shifts are ONLY available during regular business hours, Monday – Friday (8 – noon and 1 – 4 pm).

Court Appointed Community Service hours will not be credited to volunteers working at any other time, or for any other volunteer opportunity!

Please review the Court Appointed Community Service Policies and Procedures.

Attire

Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear close-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and clothes appropriate to work in a warehouse environment.   It is also recommended to bring a sweatshirt because you will be working in the 40 degree cooler most of the time.

Special Instructions

Contact Lisa Wagar at lisa.wagar@secondharvestmidtn.org to sign up for a shift. Be sure to include your name, phone number, charge, case details and hours needed in your request.

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
When
10/30/2014 - 12/31/2014
Who
Individual
Age
18+
Details

Shift times vary based on catering schedule. Typical shifts are 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Tuesday through Friday, evenings and weekends.

The Culinary Arts Center is a state-of-the-art food preparation facility located at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The purpose of the Center is to educate the public on issues related to nutrition and food preparation. The Culinary Arts Center also serves lunch to the public every Wednesday ($8) and Friday ($12) from 11 am – 1 pm.

Volunteers will assist with kitchen prep and clean up for Second Harvest catered events and First Harvest Café.

Volunteering in the Culinary Arts Program is a great way to get hands-on experience with a trained chef in a professional kitchen.

Attire

Casual attire is appropriate, unless otherwise noted for special events. Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear close-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops).

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Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Group
Age
6+
Details

When
Thursday from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Family night is an opportunity for kids as young as 6 years old to volunteer with their families! Family Night volunteers assist with a variety of warehouse activities that will enable Second Harvest to provide millions of meals each month to our hungry neighbors in middle and west Tennessee. Kid friendly projects will vary based on product supply and demand and may include:

  • Assembling BackPacks – weekend food bags distributed through schools to children at risk of hunger
  • Bagging bulk produce into family-sized portions
  • Assembling monthly food boxes for hungry senior citizens
  • Packing meal bags for community centers, schools, and other agencies that feed hungry kids and adults

Each Family Night begins with a brief orientation about Second Harvest and project-specific training. At the conclusion of the shift, volunteers will learn the impact of their hard work and receive a tour of the facility.

Attire

Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and clothes appropriate to work in a warehouse environment.

Special Instructions

Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST have the Youth Volunteer Application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
Apply Now
Where
Various Locations
Who
Individual, Group
Details

We are working to connect local farmers, community volunteers and those struggling with hunger to create a more food-secure environment for all. We partner with multiple farms in the area for different volunteer opportunities in the spring through fall months. No prior experience is necessary.

Learn more about our Farm to Families program. 

Farm to Families volunteers help care for and harvest many different crops. Some of the crops that aren’t distributed by the farmers will be donated to Second Harvest and given to local food pantries. Volunteer needs vary per day, and can include any of the following tasks: weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting and gleaning.

Our Farm to Families volunteer shifts will be scheduled again beginning March 2016. If you would like to be informed of  Emergency Gleaning opportunities as they arise, please sign up here or email Betsy Gugala to be added to the email distribution list.

Some of our partner farms include:
FarmOne
Glen Leven Farm
Green Door Gourmet
Old School Farm

You can download more information about these opportunities.

Special Instructions

All volunteers under the age of 18 are required to have a Youth Volunteer Application signed by a parent or guardian. Please review the Farm to Families Policies and Procedures. If you are planning to bring a group of 5 or more people, please submit the Farm to Families Group Request Form.

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Group
Age
12+
Details

When
Monday – Friday (8:30 ­- 11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm)
Monday – Wednesday (5:30 ­ – 8:00 pm)
Saturday  (9:00 –­ 12:00 pm and 1:00 – ­ 4:00 pm)

Volunteers assist with a variety of warehouse activities that will enable Second Harvest to provide millions of meals each month to our hungry neighbors in middle and west Tennessee. Projects will vary based on product supply and demand and volunteers will be assigned to a specific project and task upon arrival at the food bank. Projects may include:

  • Evaluating, sorting, and boxing non-perishable food donations from supermarkets and other stores
  • Assembling food boxes and bags for school feeding programs and senior feeding programs
  • Evaluating, sorting, and boxing frozen or perishable food donations in our 40 degree cooler
  • Bagging bulk produce into family-sized portions

Each volunteer shift begins with a brief orientation about Second Harvest and project-specific training. Volunteers will spend the last 30 minutes of each shift cleaning the volunteer workspace, learning the impact of their hard work and receiving a tour of the facility. Please plan on staying for the entire shift.

Attire

Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and clothes appropriate to work in a warehouse environment.  It is also recommended to bring a sweatshirt and long pants in case you are needed to work in the 40 degree cooler.

Special Instructions

Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST have the Youth Volunteer Application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
Apply Now
Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Individual
Age
12+
Details

When
Monday – Wednesday (5:30 pm– 8:00 pm)
Tuesday and Thursday (8:30 am – 11:30 am)
Saturday (9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 4:00 pm)

Volunteers assist with a variety of warehouse activities that will enable Second Harvest to provide millions of meals each month to our hungry neighbors in middle and west Tennessee. Projects will vary based on product supply and demand and volunteers will be assigned to a specific project and task upon arrival at the food bank. Projects may include:

  • Evaluating, sorting, and boxing non-perishable food donations from supermarkets and other stores
  • Assembling food boxes and bags for school feeding programs and senior feeding programs
  • Evaluating, sorting, and boxing frozen or perishable food donations in our 40 degree cooler
  • Bagging bulk produce into family-sized portions

Each volunteer shift begins with a brief orientation about Second Harvest and project-specific training. Volunteers will spend the last 30 minutes of each shift cleaning the volunteer workspace, learning the impact of their hard work and receiving a tour of the facility. Please plan on staying for the entire shift.

Attire

Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and clothes appropriate to work in a warehouse environment.  It is also recommended to bring a sweatshirt and long pants in case you are needed to work in the 40 degree cooler.

Special Instructions

Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST have the Youth Volunteer Application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
Apply Now
Where
Sweetbriar Avenue
1711 Sweetbriar Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
When
05/28/2016 - 05/28/2016
Who
Individual
Age
18+
Details

Ode to Otha is a block party and fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee that honors musician Otha Turner with live music, delicious food and a fun atmosphere! The event will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 1-9 pm on Sweetbriar Avenue.

Volunteers are needed to assist with ticket and merchandise sales. This is a very casual and fun event. Shifts last for two hours and volunteers will have the opportunity to take breaks and enjoy the event. Four shift times available.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
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Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennesee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Individual
Age
12+
Details

Volunteers assist with a variety of warehouse activities that will enable Second Harvest to provide millions of meals each month to our hungry neighbors in middle and west Tennessee. Projects will vary based on product supply and demand and volunteers will be assigned to a specific project and task upon arrival at the food bank. Projects may include:

  • Evaluating, sorting, and boxing non-perishable food donations from supermarkets and other stores
  • Assembling food boxes and bags for school feeding programs and senior feeding programs
  • Evaluating, sorting, and boxing frozen or perishable food donations in our 40 degree cooler
  • Bagging bulk produce into family-sized portions

Each volunteer shift begins with a brief orientation about Second Harvest and project-specific training. Volunteers will spend the last 30 minutes of each shift cleaning the volunteer workspace, learning the impact of their hard work and receiving a tour of the facility. Please plan on staying for the entire shift.

New volunteers, complete the application to register as a volunteer and to sign up for a shift.

Returning volunteers, log in to the volunteer information center from our website and select a TN Promise Community Service shift from the calendar. It is not necessary to complete another application.

You must sign up for a shift designated for TN Promise students in advance in order to volunteer and receive credit for your service hours.

Attire

Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and clothes appropriate to work in a warehouse environment.  It is also recommended to bring a sweatshirt and long pants in case you are needed to work in the 40 degree cooler.

Special Instructions

Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST have the Youth Volunteer Application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
Apply Now
Where
Una Church of Christ
1917 Old Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37217
Who
Individual, Group
Age
16+
Details

When
The second Friday of each month. We are currently recruiting volunteers for the following dates: February 12th, March 11th and April 8th.

Second Harvest partner agency, Una Church of Christ, hosts a perishable food distribution on the second Friday of each month. Perishable food items including dairy, yogurt, bread and produce are distributed to approximately 175 individuals and families during a large-scale one day distribution. The set up is similar to a farmer’s market.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the following tasks: event set up/break down, unloading the Second Harvest truck, distributing food, assisting clients to their cars by pushing full shopping carts and unloading groceries.

Attire

Due to safety concerns, all volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops). The event will be held indoors, but some volunteers will be needed to work outside to assist clients to their cars. All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes.

Special Instructions

Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST have the Youth Volunteer Application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If you are planning to bring a group of 5 or more people, please submit a Group Request Form.

This project does not qualify for court ordered community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
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