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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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How to Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Where
Meet the driver at the distribution location. Locations vary, but all are within Davidson County.
Who
Individual
Age
21+
Details

When
Monday through Friday, shift times vary

Help us distribute food boxes to hungry seniors in Davidson County!
Food boxes are distributed in the lobbies of senior living towers, or to the participant’s apartment door. Volunteers are needed to assist a Second Harvest staff member with the following tasks: client interaction, loading/unloading food boxes, delivering food boxes, and obtaining signatures.

These food boxes are provided through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which works to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods. CSFP is a federally funded program that Second Harvest manages for Davidson County.

Attire

The food distribution takes place indoors.
• Closed-toe shoes are required for all volunteers’ safety. No exceptions.
• Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You’ll be standing/walking the entire shift.

Special Instructions

• Volunteers must be able to lift 30 lbs and enjoy interacting with seniors.

This project is not eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise 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
21+
Details

When
Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Answer phones and greet visitors at Second Harvest Food Bank! Reception Support volunteers assist our full-time receptionist with daily tasks. Volunteers are needed to commit to one (or more) three-hour shifts per week.

The ideal volunteer for this position will possess an upbeat attitude and great communication skills. Must be able to work under pressure, and make visitors feel appreciated and important.

Reception Support volunteers will perform the following duties:
• Greet and assist visitors, volunteers, clients, and donors
• Answer general inquiries about the food bank
• Operate a telephone console to answer incoming calls and direct calls to the appropriate staff member or satellite location
• Sort and distribute daily mail

Attire

Business casual

Special Instructions

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

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise community service hours.

Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Individual
Age
18+
Details

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

The Kroger Reclaim program “rescues” dry groceries and shelf-ready staples that are not sold by Kroger stores. Instead of processing them at a separate plant and reselling them, they are processed at Second Harvest and distributed to our partner agencies.

Volunteers are needed to work with a staff member in our warehouse, assisting in scanning hundreds of reclaimed items that are then categorized and able to be donated. The ideal volunteer for this position will possess an attention to detail and a desire to work mainly on their own, with the supervision of a staff member.

Kroger Reclaim Volunteers will perform the following duties: identify and scan in food and shelf-stable product using Kroger’s inventory system, categorize the product, occasionally assist in breaking down boxes/ and cleaning up the work area. Volunteers may also be required to lift up to 30 pound boxes.

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. Note that you will be standing during the shift, so comfortable shoes are advised.

Special Instructions

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise community service hours.

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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 through Friday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday through Thursday, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us in the warehouse for a fast-paced shift of fighting hunger!
Volunteers are needed to help evaluate, sort, and pack food donations from grocery stores, food drives, and farms for distribution across Middle and West Tennessee. Projects vary and may include:
• Evaluating, sorting, and packing non-perishable food donations from grocery stores and food drives
• Evaluating, sorting, and packing frozen or perishable food donations from grocery stores in our 40-degree cooler
• Bagging bulk produce into family-sized portions
• Packing food bags/boxes for children and seniors at risk of food insecurity

Attire

This volunteer project takes place in a warehouse environment. Please dress appropriately for the environment and activities.
• Closed-toe shoes are required for all volunteers’ safety. No exceptions.
• Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You’ll be standing/walking the entire shift.
• Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket: You may work in the 40-degree cooler.

Special Instructions

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

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise 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 through Thursday, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 – 11:00 am
Saturday, 9:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us in the warehouse for a fast-paced shift of fighting hunger!
Volunteers are needed to assist with evaluating, sorting, and packing food donations from grocery stores, food drives, and farms for distribution across Middle and West Tennessee. Projects vary and may include:
• Evaluating, sorting, and packing non-perishable food donations from grocery stores and food drives
• Evaluating, sorting, and packing frozen or perishable food donations from grocery stores in our 40-degree cooler
• Bagging bulk produce into family-sized portions
• Packing food bags/boxes for children and seniors at risk of food insecurity

Attire

This volunteer project takes place in a warehouse environment. Please dress appropriately for the environment and activities.
• Closed-toe shoes are required for all volunteers’ safety. No exceptions.
• Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You’ll be standing/walking the entire shift.
• Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket: You may work in the 40-degree cooler.

Special Instructions

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

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
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Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Group
Age
Families and groups with children ages 6+
Details

Please note: Family Night shifts are full through the end of this year. Please consider booking a volunteer shift for early 2019.

When: Thursday, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Calling all hunger heroes! Family Night volunteers assist with a variety of kid-friendly projects that enable Second Harvest to provide millions of meals each month to our hungry neighbors in Middle and West Tennessee. Projects vary and may include:
• Packing BackPacks, which are weekend food bags distributed through schools to children at risk of hunger
• Bagging bulk produce into family-sized portions
• Assembling monthly food boxes for senior citizens struggling with food insecurity
• Packing meal bags for community centers, schools, and other agencies that feed hungry kids and adults

Attire

This fast-paced project takes place in a warehouse environment. Please dress appropriately for the environment and activities.
• Closed-toe shoes are required for all volunteers’ safety. No exceptions.
• Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You’ll be standing/walking the entire shift.

Special Instructions

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

Youth volunteer safety ratio: one adult volunteer to every seven volunteers under age 18.

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise 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
18+
Details

When
Monday through Friday, 8 am – noon (4 hours)
Monday through Friday, 1 pm – 4 pm (3 hours)
Shifts are only available during weekday business hours; there are no evening or weekend shifts.

Volunteers are needed to help evaluate, sort, and pack food donations from grocery stores, food drives, and farms for distribution across Middle and West Tennessee. Projects vary.

Volunteers with the following charges (past or present) are not eligible to complete their hours at Second Harvest:
• Theft of any kind
• Sexual Assault or Misconduct of any kind
• Violent crime of any kind

Court Ordered Community Service hours won’t be credited to volunteers working at any other time, or for any other volunteer opportunity. Please review the Court Ordered Community Service Policies.

Attire

This volunteer project takes place in a warehouse environment. Please dress appropriately for the environment and activity.
• Closed-toe shoes are required for all volunteers’ safety. No exceptions.
• Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
• Bring a sweatshirt or jacket in case you’re needed to work in the 40-degree cooler.

Special Instructions

 

SCHEDULING PROCESS

  1. All court ordered community service volunteers must pre-register and sign up for shifts in advance online. Walk-ins, phone, or in-person scheduling isn’t permitted. All scheduling must take place online.
  2. We’ll review your application and let you know within two business days whether your application is approved.
  3. Once approved, you’ll log-in with your username/password, and sign up for the shifts you wish to work.
  4. You’re only eligible to sign up for shifts titled “Court Ordered Community Service.” Hours won’t be credited to volunteers working at any other time, or for any other volunteer opportunity.
  5. You can request a letter to verify your hours from a Volunteer Coordinator at the end of your service. You are responsible for giving the letter to your parole/probation officer or judge. Second Harvest is not responsible for time served if you lose the letter. We won’t re-issue letters.

 

SCHEDULING GUIDELINES

  1. Shifts are Monday-Friday (8 am-noon and 1-4 pm); NO Saturday or evening shifts are available. You may only work your pre-registered shifts, so if you want to work the full day (7 hours), you must sign up for both shifts. When you arrive, you must check in with a Volunteer Coordinator, who will sign you in before you start working in order for your hours to count.
  2. You can only work a maximum of 7 hours per day. Additional hours (coming in early, staying late, or working through lunch) ARE NOT AVAILABLE.
  3. You must plan on staying for the entire shift. If you only have 1 hour to complete, you’re still required to stay for the full 4-hour or 3-hour shift.
  4. You must arrive on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you won’t be permitted to work, and will be recorded as a no-show.
  5. If you’re not available for a shift you signed up for, you MUST log in online and cancel within 6 hours of the scheduled start time. If you don’t show up for a scheduled shift, or if you are late, it will be recorded as a no-show. After 3 no-shows, you’re no longer eligible to complete hours at Second Harvest and your account will be disabled.
  6. Any Second Harvest staff member is authorized to dismiss you if you do not follow directions. A dismissal means you’ll be asked to leave immediately and you won’t be eligible to receive credit for hours worked, or eligible to volunteer at Second Harvest again.

 

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

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Where
Southern Distribution Center - Smyrna
1958 Almaville Road
Smyrna, TN 37167
Who
Individual, Group
Age
12+
Details

When
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Join us in the new Smyrna warehouse for a fast-paced shift of fighting hunger!

Volunteers are needed to assist with evaluating, sorting, and packing food donations from grocery stores, food drives, and farms for distribution across Middle and West Tennessee. Projects vary and may include:

  • Evaluating, sorting, and packing non-perishable food donations from grocery stores and food drives
  • Packing food bags/boxes for children and seniors at risk of food insecurity
Attire

This volunteer project takes place in a warehouse environment. Please dress appropriately for the environment and activities.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required for all volunteers’ safety. No exceptions.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You’ll be standing/walking the entire shift.
Special Instructions

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

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
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Where
Western Distribution Center - Camden
69 Benton Industrial Road
Camden TN 38320
Who
Individual, Group
Age
12+
Details

When
Tuesday 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Join us in the Camden warehouse for a fast-paced shift of fighting hunger!

Volunteers are needed to help evaluate, sort, and pack food donations from grocery stores, food drives, and farms for distribution across Middle and West Tennessee. Projects vary and may include:

  • Evaluating, sorting, and packing non-perishable food donations from grocery stores and food drives
  • Packing food bags for children or food boxes for seniors
Attire

This volunteer project takes place in a warehouse environment. Please dress appropriately for the environment and activities.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required for all volunteers’ safety. No exceptions.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You’ll be standing/walking the entire shift.
Special Instructions

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

This project is not eligible for Court Appointed or Tennessee Promise community service hours.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
Apply Now

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