Corporate and group volunteer shifts are available from Tuesday through Saturday. To ensure a successful event, select one group organizer to schedule your shift at least two weeks in advance. Please schedule two to three months ahead during the holiday season.

Request a shift using the group volunteer date request form and email the completed form to volunteersd@feedingsandiego.org. FSD will confirm your volunteer shift and send your Group Organizer a join code. Volunteers in your group will then be able to sign up for the selected shift by entering the code using our online system.

Distribution Center

Distribution center opportunities are best for large groups or those with school aged children. Groups up to 125 can be accommodated with advance planning, preferably two to three months. FSD recommends splitting large groups into two shifts whenever possible.

Fill bags with staple items on Saturdays, produce on Wednesday evenings. Under-served children receive these bags for nourishment over the weekend.

Sort food that has been pulled from grocery store shelves to prevent it from reaching the landfill (approximately 60% is still edible and nutritious). Volunteers check expiration dates against their extended best by date, and then sort and box each food by type.

FASD procures bulk product in 50 pound bags to minimize costs and then repacks the items into smaller, family friendly bags. Beans, rice, cereals and other items are sealed, labeled and boxed by volunteers.

Donated by manufacturers and retailers, volunteers label blank cans called “brites” with nutrition information.

Volunteers sort produce from the California Association of Food Banks and local farms. Varying differences in size, shape and color are not preferred for sale in local grocery stores.

Food Distributions

Through our direct-to-client programs, FSD delivers food to neighborhoods that have a high incidence of poverty but relatively low levels of emergency food assistance. Organizations can sponsor a food distribution such as a Mobile Pantry or School Pantry by providing nutritious food to those in need while giving employees an outstanding opportunity to lend a hand to their fellow San Diegans.

Food distribution volunteer opportunities are for small groups of five to ten adults (18 and older) and have a variety of different shift opportunities. Planning up to four months in advance may be required.

Contact Teresa Dale at tdale@feedingsandiego.org or 858.452.3663 x100 for more information.

Corporate Days of Service

Small groups of ten to twenty volunteers are encouraged to participate in a full day of service. Employees are invited to take a tour in the morning and work in the distribution center until 12pm. Lunch can be brought in to eat together in the Volunteer Center. After lunch, work continues until 3pm.

Contact Teresa Dale at tdale@feedingsandiego.org or 858.452.3663 x100 for more information.