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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An important message for current volunteers

On Feb. 28 we transitioned to a new and improved system called VolunteerHub for signing up for shifts. That means you’ll need to create a new online profile before you can sign up for your next shift. We’re sorry about this extra step, but in the long term this is going to make volunteering a lot easier! Create your new account here.

This is a one-time step. After that, you can just log in here. Thank you so much, we couldn’t do this without you!

 

How to Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

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

When

Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fresh, local food for all! Join us in connecting local farmers, community volunteers, and those struggling with hunger to create a more food-secure environment for all. Farm to Families volunteers help care for and harvest a variety of crops, which are donated to Second Harvest and local partner agencies to feed those in need.

Each farm’s volunteer needs vary per day, and may include weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting, or gleaning. Volunteers receive specific task assignments at the start of each shift. Green thumbs not required! We’ll teach you everything you need to know.

You could work on one of our partner farms. Please sign up for the date and time you’re available. Because availability for crops may change, we’ll notify you closer to the date which location needs extra hands.

We offer farm volunteer opportunities at eight different locations. Learn more about our Partner Farms.

Attire

Volunteers work in an outdoor environment. Please dress appropriately for the weather forecast.
• 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 much of the shift.
• Wear layers, so you’ll be prepared if the weather changes.

Special Instructions

Volunteers typically need to be able to lift 20-35 lbs. Please review the Volunteer Policies and Procedures.

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

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
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Where
Meet driver at Second Harvest Food Bank
331 Great Circle Road Nashville, TN, 37228
The produce truck travels throughout Davidson County. Volunteers may ride on the produce truck or choose to drive their own cars to each stop throughout the shift.
Who
Individual
Age
18+
Details

When
Tuesday through Saturday, morning
Tuesday through Friday, afternoon
Shifts vary per day. Download this Produce Truck schedule for exact times and locations.

Help us distribute fresh food to our hungry neighbors in Davidson County! The Second Harvest Produce Truck travels throughout Davidson County distributing perishable food to individuals and families each week at pre-established locations. Perishable food items include dairy, yogurt, bread, and produce.

The food is distributed directly from the truck, and a volunteer is needed to assist the driver with the following tasks: set-up and break down at each stop, food distribution, and client interaction.

Attire

The food distribution takes place mainly outdoors environment. Please dress appropriately for the weather forecast.
• 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 much of the shift.
• Wear layers, so you’ll be prepared if the weather changes.

Special Instructions

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
City Winery
609 Lafayette Street
Nashville, TN 37203
When
05/10/2018 - 05/10/2018
Who
Individual
Age
21+
Details

Special event opportunity! Our signature food and beverage tasting event Generous Helpings, presented by Kroger, returns Thursday, May 10 at City Winery. This favorite annual event features 30 of Nashville’s best local restaurants showcasing tastings of signature appetizers, entrees, and desserts, with fine wines and craft beer selections from local distributors.

Proceeds from Generous Helpings benefit our grocery rescue program, Middle Tennessee’s Table, which rescues frozen meat, produce, dairy, and non-perishable food items from 232 grocery stores.

Volunteer tasks include set-up, assisting restaurants throughout the event, and break-down.

Read more about Generous Helpings

Attire

Business casual

Special Instructions

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

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Where
Sweetbriar Avenue
1711 Sweetbriar Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
When
06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018
Who
Individual
Age
18+
Details

Special event opportunity! Ode to Otha is a block party and fundraiser that honors musician Otha Turner with live music, delicious food, and a fun atmosphere! The event will take place on Saturday, June 2 from 1-9 pm in the Belmont neighborhood.

Volunteers greet patrons and assist with ticket and merchandise sales. This is a very casual, fun event. Volunteers have the opportunity to take breaks and enjoy the event.

Attire

Casual

Special Instructions

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed or TN 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
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

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

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.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
Apply Now
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
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,
Apply Now
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 until August. Please consider volunteering for Farm to Families instead.

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.

Current Volunteers, Log in to sign up New Volunteers,
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Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennesee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Who
Individual
Age
Students ages 12+ needing to complete community service hours for the Tennessee Promise scholarship
Details

Shifts will open in June for the July 1 Tennessee Promise deadline

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.

Volunteers must sign up for a shift designated for Tennessee Promise students to receive credit for service hours.

When submitting your Tennessee Promise community service hours, please list Kelsey Upton as your supervisor.  She can be reached at 615-627-1581 or volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org.

This project is NOT eligible for Court Appointed 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
Individual
Age
16+
Details

When
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – noon
Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm – 4 pm
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 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 Waiver.

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 light jacket: You’ll work in the 40-degree cooler most of the time.

Special Instructions

There is no need to schedule a shift in advance. When you arrive during one of the designated times above, just let the receptionist know you are here for community service.

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

Where
Southern Branch - Smyrna
Details

This summer Second Harvest will open a new distribution center in the Southern part of our 46-county service area. Non-perishable food sorting shifts will be available, along with limited family friendly opportunities. Exact dates and shift times are still to be determined.

If you’re interested in volunteering at this location, please register in our database, and select “I want to help at the Southern Branch location.” We’ll contact you as soon as we start scheduling volunteers at our new location.

New Volunteers,
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Where
Western Branch - Camden
Who
Individual, Group
Details

This summer Second Harvest will open a new distribution center in the Western part of our 46-county service area. Non-perishable and frozen food sorting shifts will be available, along with limited family friendly opportunities. Exact dates and shift times are still to be determined.

If you’re interested in volunteering at this location, please register in our database, and select “I want to help at the Western Branch location.” We’ll contact you as soon as we start scheduling volunteers at our new location.

New Volunteers,
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