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.
All registered individual and family volunteers can sign in to our Volunteer Information Center using your username and password.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-627-1570.