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
Old School Farm, Bells Bend, NW Nashville
5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37218
Who
Individual, Group
Age
7+
Details

Thursday, June 25, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Thursday, July 9, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Thursday, July 23, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
This program will last until November and additional shifts will be added each month.

We are working to connect local farmers, community volunteers and those struggling with hunger to create a more food-secure environment for all. Farm to Families volunteers will 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.

The farm’s volunteer needs will vary per day, and can include any of the following tasks: weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting and gleaning.  Volunteers will receive specific task assignments at the beginning of each shift.

Old School Farm was founded in 2013 on the belief that creating a sustainable farm can also produce sustainable jobs while giving back to the community at large. Just ten minutes outside of Nashville, Old School Farm is a unique non-profit dedicated to producing quality farm-to-table food while providing employment for individuals that have intellectual disabilities.

We are now offering farm volunteer opportunities at four different locations. Download information for all opportunities.

Attire

Volunteers will be working in an outside environment. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty, pay attention to the weather, and closed toe shoes are REQUIRED.

Special Instructions

Volunteers typically need to be able to lift 20-35 lbs. This project is open to volunteers ages 7 and older. 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.

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Farm to Families Group Request Form

Where
Glen Leven Farm, South Nashville
4000 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
Who
Individual, Group
Age
18+
Details

Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Thursday, June 18, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Tuesday, June 23, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July, 7, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday, July 21, 3:30 pm – 6 pm
This program will last until November and additional shifts will be added each month.

We are working to connect local farmers, community volunteers and those struggling with hunger to create a more food-secure environment for all. Farm to Families volunteers will 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.

The farm’s volunteer needs will vary per day, and can include any of the following tasks: weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting and gleaning.  Volunteers will receive specific task assignments at the beginning of each shift.

Glen Leven Farm is an historic, urban, working farm used as a recreational and educational resource for the community, located just four miles from the center of downtown Nashville.

We are now offering farm volunteer opportunities at four different locations. Download information for all opportunities.

Attire

Volunteers will be working in an outside environment. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty, pay attention to the weather, and closed toe shoes are REQUIRED.

Special Instructions

Volunteers typically need to be able to lift 20-35 lbs. 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.

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Farm to Families Group Request Form

Where
Green Door Gourmet - West Nashville
7011 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
Who
Individual, Group
Age
16+
Details

Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday, July 1, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday, July 29, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
This program will last until November and additional shifts will be added each month.

We are working to connect local farmers, community volunteers and those struggling with hunger to create a more food-secure environment for all. Farm to Families volunteers will 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.

The farm’s volunteer needs will vary per day, and can include any of the following tasks: weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting and gleaning.  Volunteers will receive specific task assignments at the beginning of each shift.

Green Door Gourmet is a unique farm to fork venture that produces and provides local artisan foods and plants in a farm-cooperative community setting, less than 10 minutes from downtown Nashville.

We are now offering farm volunteer opportunities at four different locations. Download information for all opportunities.

Attire

Volunteers will be working in an outside environment. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty, pay attention to the weather, and closed toe shoes are REQUIRED.

Special Instructions

Volunteers typically need to be able to lift 20-35 lbs. This project is open to volunteers ages 16 and older. 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.

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Farm to Families Group Request Form

Where
Whites Creek, TN
Who
Individual, Group
Age
7+
Details

Saturday, July 11, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Friday, July 17, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Saturday, August 1, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
This program will last until November and additional shifts will be added each month.

We are working to connect local farmers, community volunteers and those struggling with hunger to create a more food-secure environment for all. Farm to Families volunteers will 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.

The farm’s volunteer needs will vary per day, and can include any of the following tasks: weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting and gleaning.  Volunteers will receive specific task assignments at the beginning of each shift.

FarmOne.org is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving communities in and around Nashville, TN. FarmOne donates the largest amount of their produce to charitable organizations in Nashville.

We are now offering farm volunteer opportunities at four different locations. Download information for all opportunities.

Attire

Volunteers will be working in an outside environment. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty, pay attention to the weather, and closed toe shoes are REQUIRED.

Special Instructions

Volunteers typically need to be able to lift 20-35 lbs. This project is open to volunteers ages 7 and older. 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.

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Farm to Families Group Request Form

Where
Walk of Fame Park
121 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
When
07/25/2015
Who
Individual
Age
21+
Details

The 14th Annual MAFIAoZAS Music City Brewer’s Festival will be held on Saturday, July 25th in the Walk of Fame Park, behind the Downtown Nashville Hilton. Volunteer shifts are 10:30 am – 4 pm and 4:30 – 10 pm.

The two volunteer positions for this event are entrance volunteers and beer pourers. The entrance volunteer position is most important at the beginning of each session to help us check-in attendees as quickly as possible without a long wait. After all the patrons are inside the gates, the entrance volunteers will be able to take turns and enjoy the event. Beer Pourers are assigned to a brewery and they must stay at that booth throughout the shift. Volunteers will not be able to choose where they work.

300 volunteers are needed for this event, so please feel free to let your friends know about this opportunity!

Special Instructions

This is a 21 and over event. A photo ID and signed event volunteer waiver are required. Parking passes are not available for volunteers.

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

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

Duties include sorting salvaged edible and non-edible food products and placing them in appropriate bins or boxes. Checking for signs of contamination, rodent or insect infestation, unknown spills on the product and/or rotten smells. Other duties include, but not limited to: sweeping, taking out the trash/recycling, mopping and cleaning the volunteer work space.

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 incase 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.

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

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

Duties include: Sorting salvaged edible and non-edible food products and placing them in appropriate bins or boxes. Checking for signs of contamination, rodent or insect infestation, unknown spills on the product and/or rotten smells. Other duties include, but not limited to: sweeping, taking out the trash/recycling, mopping and cleaning the volunteer work space.

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 incase 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.

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

Every Thursday from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Family night provides an opportunity for volunteers ages 6 and up, and their family members/guardians to volunteer at the Food Bank! Volunteers pack bags for our BackPack program, which gives hungry children in our community a pack of nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and during school vacations, or they repack bulk food donations, such as snacks, pasta and produce.

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.

Special Instructions

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

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New Volunteers, Apply Now

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
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
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
Napier Community Center
73 Fairfield Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210
Who
Individual
Details

Mondays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our Napier Community Center Emergency Food Box site is looking for volunteers to help prepare and distribute food boxes.

For more information, please call Dewayne Williams at 615-256-4474.

Where
St. Luke's Community House
5601 New York Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
Who
Individual
Details

The 4th Friday of every month from 12pm-2pm

St. Luke’s Community House needs volunteers to help distribute food to clients from the Davidson Perishable route. Please contact Angel Brooks if interested at 615-350-7893 or angel.brooks@stlukescommunityhouse.org.

Where
East Nashville Co-op Ministry
807 Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Who
Individual
Details

Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

One of our Emergency Food Box sites, the East Nashville Co-op Ministry, is looking for volunteers to help clients fill their food boxes, complete necessary forms and assist with light cleaning duties.

For more information, please call Juanita McCoy at 615-244-7312.

Where
Martha O’Bryan Center
711 S 7th Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Who
Individual
Details

Monday – Friday from 2:00 to 5:00pm; Monday from 7:30 – 9:00 am and Thursday from 9:00 – 10:30 am

The Martha O’Bryan Center is home to an Emergency Food Box site supported by Second Harvest. They are looking for volunteers to help unload the food truck, compose food boxes, stock shelves, serve clients, and enter client data into their database.

Interested volunteers should contact Jennifer Jackson at jjackson@marthaobyran.org or by phone at 615-254-1791 ext. 122

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