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
12+
Details

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

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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.

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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
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.

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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

Flexible shifts available anytime between 9 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday.

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

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is looking for an administrative volunteer to work in the Volunteer Services Department on a weekly basis. The volunteer in this position will respond to volunteer inquiries via phone and email, schedule groups and individuals for open volunteer shifts, as well as provide general administrative assistance to the department.

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
Helping Hands of Fairview
2382 Fairview Blvd., Suite 102
Fairview, TN 37062
Who
Individual
Details

Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

One of our partner agencies, Helping Hands of Fairview, is looking for volunteers to help make food baskets, stock shelves, organize, clean and sort donated clothing.

Please contact Joelle Chappell at Helping Hands of Fairview at 615-799-0006 or by email at fcap_helpinghands@att.net for more information.

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
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
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 Adrianna Flax at aflax@marthaobryan.org or (615) 254-1791 x 133.

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