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.

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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 Brandon Shaw at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or 615-627-1581.

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 Brandon Shaw at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or 615-627-1581.

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

For more information, contact Brandon Shaw at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or 615-310-6480.

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
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.

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Where
Various Farms
7 farms in Davidson County
1 farm in Williamson County
Who
Individual, Group
Age
7+
Details

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 to be donated to Second Harvest and local partner agencies to help feed those in need.

Each 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.

You could be working on one of our eight partner farms.  Please sign up for the date and time that you are available. Because availability for crops may change, we will notify you closer to the date which location will need assistance.

We are now offering farm volunteer opportunities at eight different locations. Download information about our partner farms.

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.

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 the Farm to Families Group Request Form.

group-request-form

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

When
Tuesday – Friday (8:30 am ­- 11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm)
Monday – Thursday (5:30 pm ­ – 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.

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Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
When
09/28/2017 - 09/28/2017
Who
Individual, Group
Age
6+
Details

When
Thursday, September 28 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a special Hunger 101 Family Food Sorting Shift on the evening of Thursday, September 28. Individuals and families will participate in a family-friendly volunteer shift, followed by an interactive, engaging, and educational activity to learn about hunger-related needs in our community. This activity will demonstrate in a hands-on way how poverty, hunger and malnutrition are connected, and will be followed by a facilitated discussion and snacks.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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Where
Second Harvest Food Bank
Occasional travel is required within Nashville and surrounding counties.
When
10/02/2017 - 03/09/2018
Who
Individual
Age
18+
Details

Volunteers are needed to assist Second Harvest staff in the execution of Ms. Cheap’s Penny Drive from October until March.  Ms. Cheap, writer of the Ms. Cheap column in The Tennessean, created the Penny Drive to bring awareness to local hunger and raise money to feed hungry people in Middle Tennessee.  In 8 years, the campaign has raised over $390,000 for the food bank!

Volunteer duties will include:

  • Maintaining the quality of penny drive cans
  • Transporting materials to/from participating schools, churches and companies
  • Processing Penny Drive donations according to specific donation processing procedures
  • Assisting staff with preparation of Penny Drive events
    • Battle of the Boulevard, Ms. Cheap’s Christmas Singalong, Jimmy Kelly’s Wrap up Party, etc.
  • Maintaining penny can display in the Second Harvest lobby and Culinary Arts Center
  • Inventorying Penny Drive materials

 

Attire

Business casual

Special Instructions

Occasional travel is required within Nashville and surrounding counties for material drop off and pickup.

Schedule Requirements:

  •  Volunteers (2-3 people) are needed from October 2, 2017 – March 9, 2018.
    • Activities will take place during business hours Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm
    • Minimum of 3 hours per week in October and November
    • Minimum of 5 hours per week December thru March

 

For more information, and to schedule an orientation meeting, contact Brandon Shaw at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or 615-627-1581.

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
When
10/26/2017 - 10/26/2017
Who
Individual, Group
Age
6+
Details

When
Thursday, October 26th from 5:30-8pm

Join us for a special Halloween-themed family night on Thursday, October 26. Come dressed in your most creative costume for a chance to win prizes! The evening will begin with Halloween crafts, treats and a spooky photo booth. Volunteers will then work on a kid-friendly food packing project in the warehouse and end the night with trick-or-treating throughout the food bank.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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