Second Harvest

Feeding Hope Second Harvest Food Bank

Volunteer

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.

Registered Volunteers

All registered individual and family volunteers can sign in to our Volunteer Information Center using your username and password.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please read our Policies and Procedures before registering to volunteer. You can find more detailed descriptions of each volunteer opportunity here.

CANstruction

Second Harvest is partnering with local construction companies, architecture firms and designers to build art structures completely out of cans of food! The structures will be on display at Cool Springs Galleria to help raise awareness about hunger issues, and all of the food used to build the structures will be donated to the food bank. Volunteers are needed to help open packages of cans and clean up trash throughout the build and tear down process. The build will take place on Monday, April 21st. The structures will be on display for almost two weeks and will be taken down on Thursday, May 1st. Please log in to your information center to sign up for this event. If you are a new Second Harvest volunteer, please complete the registration form here to sign up for  the event.

Eat Lunch, Feed a Bunch, April 29, 2014

Eat Lunch, Feed a Bunch is an annual picnic, presented by Aegis Sciences Corporation, that encourages the community to eat lunch for a suggested donation that will help to fight hungry people! The cookout will take place on Tuesday, April 29 in MetroCenter off Rosa Parks Blvd. Volunteers are needed to serve in various roles including: event set-up, server, registration, table clean-up through out the event and event break-down. If you are interested in helping with this event, please log in to your information center to sign up. If you are a new volunteer and would like to sign up for this event, please register here.

Generous Helpings, May 15

Our annual food and wine tasting event, Generous Helpings, will take place on Thursday, May 15 at the Nashville Farmer's Market. Attendees enjoy tasting sized portions of signature dishes from over 30 favorite local restaurants, and proceeds benefit our grocery rescue program Middle Tennessee's Table. Volunteers are needed to serve in various roles including: event set-up, working the silent auction table, greeting guests as they arrive, busser/restocker and event break-down. If you are interested in helping with this event, please log in to your information center to sign up. If you are a new volunteer and would like to sign up for this event, please register here.

Mobile Pantry Distributions

Second Harvest works with partner agencies to distribute food directly to individuals and families through one day distributions called mobile pantries. These are set up similar to a farmer's market and typically provide one to two weeks' worth of groceries to approximately 200 families (over 15,000 pounds of food). We will be hosting mobile pantries on Fridays and Saturdays throughout April, May and June in varying locations. Volunteer tasks include: assisting with client registration, distributing boxes and/or providing grocery carts to clients, distributing food and other items at designated stations throughout the event, providing load out assistance to clients, directing traffic in parking lot areas and assisting in box tear-down/recycling and event clean-up. If you are interested in volunteering at a mobile pantry, please log in to your information center to sign up. If you are a new volunteer and would like to sign up for a mobile pantry distribution, please register here.

Culinary Arts Center

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. Volunteers will assist with kitchen prep and clean up for Second Harvest catered events. Volunteering in the Culinary Arts Program is a great way to get hands-on experience with a trained chef in a professional kitchen. Casual attire is appropriate, and closed toed shoes are REQUIRED. Volunteers must be 18 or older. If you are a new Second Harvest volunteer, please complete the volunteer application here.

Individual Food Sorting

Register to volunteer for Individual Food Sorting. The minimum age for the Individual Food Sorting shifts is 12 years old, and the minimum age for the Family Night shifts is 6 years old.

Group Food Sorting

We welcome corporate groups, school groups, community groups and more! Please have the group leader complete the Group Volunteer Application to register a group of five or more people for a volunteer opportunity. The group leader will receive a response within three business days including instructions for registering other group members. Once a group leader has received confirmation for the scheduled date, each group member will register using the Group Member Form.

Family Night

Register to volunteer for Family Night.  The minimum age is 6 years old.

Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities

One of our partner agencies, Helping Hands of Fairview, is looking for volunteers on Mondays and Fridays from 9 am - noon 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. The agency is located at 2382 Fairview Blvd., Suite 102 Fairview, TN.

One of our Emergency Food Box sites, the East Nashville Co-op Ministry, is looking for volunteers to serve on Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday from 10 am – 3 pm to work with clients and help them fill their food boxes, complete necessary forms and assist with light cleaning duties. For more information, please call Juanita McCoy at 615-244-7312. The agency is located at 807 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206.

Court Appointed Community Service

Community Service shifts are Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1p.m. – 4 p.m.).  Volunteers can sign up for either or both shifts in a day.

Please review the Court Appointed Community Service Policies and Procedures.

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.

None of our other volunteer opportunities accept Court Appointed Community Service volunteers. You must sign up for one of these shifts through Lisa Wagar in order to receive a letter for your volunteer hours.

Additional Information

All volunteers under the age of 18 MUST complete the Youth Volunteer Waiver and have the form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

You can find more detailed information about our volunteer opportunities here.

If you have questions about volunteering with Second Harvest, please email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570.